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Fire topic of new museum exhibit

The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge is inspiration for a new exhibit at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

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The 2017 Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge is inspiration for a new exhibit at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.



A new exhibit, “The Eagle Creek FIRE 2017-2018” opens Jan. 19 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and runs through February.

The exhibit, on loan from the Hood River History Museum in collaboration with the US Forest Service, will be located in the Ernie Kuck Wing of the Center, located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

Experience a powerful display of intense, real-time fire imagery along with facts, time lines and stories from first responders, friends and neighbors along the Columbia River. The exhibit explores the causes and drivers of wildfire in the Pacific Northwest, and contemplates land management practices: It is a moment captured in time to help the viewer understand the mechanisms for wildfires, as well as a way to share ideas and solutions in the future.

The exhibit includes a place where visitors can share personal stories and comments. The exhibit has been updated to reflect new information by the US Forest Service.

THE CENTER

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, renewable energy, ecology and more. The museum is wheelchair accessibleand family friendly with a Kids Explorer room. The Riverfront Trail offers hiking and biking, and a native plant nature trail circles the pond next to the museum. Adult admission is $9, seniors $7, kids 6 to 16 are $5, and children 5 and under free. Live raptor presentations are held weekends, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Schedule may vary. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.



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