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Fish evacuees leave Leaburg, other hatcheries


March 22, 2018

Jeff Yanke-Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Coho evacuated from Cascade to Leaburg Hatchery after the Eagle Creek Fire last September were released into the Lostine River in northeast Oregon last week.

Many of the 1.75 million juvenile fish evacuated from Cascade Hatchery in Cascade Locks after last year's Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge are now on their way from the Pacific Northwest's rivers to the Columbia River and eventually, the Pacific Ocean.

The evacuation was due to the threat of debris flow when storms passed over areas hit by the Eagle Creek Fire. A debris flow could overwhelm water intake areas and harm water quality, which could have killed fish at the hatchery.

One million juvenile (less than 1 year old) coho bound for the Lostine and Umatilla Rivers were evacuated to Leaburg...

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