Chinook at 1991 Multnomah Falls Fire

Back in October 1991, a fire broke out at the top of Multnomah Falls. A Boeing Vertol 234 “Chinook” was spotted collecting water from the Columbia River, rising over I-84 to dump on the fire. Oregon Department of Transportation workers stopped traffic on I-84 as the helicopter flew over.

A Boeing Vertol 234 “Chinook” lifts off after collecting water from the Columbia River to dump on the Multnomah Falls Fire while Oregon Department of Transportaion stops the Interstate 84 westbound traffic back in October, 1991. (Bryan J. Dorr /

These photos were taken in October 1991 (specific date unknown) with a 110-format film camera, which was the ultimate automatic, low-resolution point-and-shoot camera. The images posted here are scanned from prints.

Unfortunately, I apparently missed the shot looking towards the falls.

At the time of writing this post, Multnomah Falls Lodge is threatened with fire again from the Eagle Creek Fire today that started on Sept. 2, 2017.