Fish evacuated from Gorge fire leaving Northwest hatcheries

More than 1.5 million juvenile fish evacuated from a hatchery after last year’s Columbia Gorge wildfire are being released into rivers for their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildfire says a half-million coho evacuated from a hatchery in Cascade Locks were released last week in the Lostine River in northeastern Oregon. Another half-million will soon be released in the Umatilla River.