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Indian Creek Fire

CLOSURE

Revised closure for Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire
The closure around the Indian Creek Fire has been expanded to include areas around the Eagle Creek Fire. Due to extreme fire behavior and rapid fire growth, the most recent closure is no longer... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 9/12/2017

Approximate Location

45.581 latitude, -121.852 longitude

Incident Overview

School bus driving away on gravel road. This is the final bus of hikers who had spent the night on the trail after the new fire (Eagle Creek) trapped them.

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The Eagle Creek Fire has now merged with Indian Creek Fire. As of Thursday morning, 9/7/17, the Indian Creek Fire Inciweb site will no longer be updated regularly. The Eagle Creek Fire Inciweb site is being updated. For detailed information on the Eagle Creek Fire go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/.


The Indian Creek Fire started on July 4 near 7 1/2 Mile Camp by Eagle Creek Trail #440, in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Firefighters hiked into the area by way of Eagle Creek Trail, and found that the fire was burning west of Eagle Creek in deep duff on steep slopes covered by loose rock. It was determined to be unsafe for firefighters to work directly on the fire.

Water drops from helicopters and airplanes have been used since July 4 to cool the fire and reduce the rate of spread. The water drops, sometimes over 100,000 gallons in a day, raise the humidity and fuel moisture in the fire area. The fire held at 83 acres for much of August.

From July 28 to August 16, a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team managed the fire. This team coordinated the collection of information on potential control lines if the fire spreads, resource needs to prepare these lines, Management Action Points (MAPS) that would trigger a change in fire management, and more. On August 16, a Type 3 organization assumed command of the Indian Creek Fire. The Type 3 organization continued to work on the fire, utilizing the plans developed by the NIMO Team.

Crews assigned to the fire were observing the fire and conducting reconnaissance for areas where fireline could safely and effectively be constructed. They also collected weather observations to help predict the fire behavior and smoke movement.

Starting around August 18, spells of warmer, drier weather caused the fire to become more active. As of August 23, the fire had grown to 293 acres. By early September 2, the acreage had increased to 373 acres. The afternoon of September 2 aircraft, including "medium" helicopters, were diverted from the Indian Creek Fire to help with the new Eagle Creek Fire. They helped search for hikers and campers near the fires, and dropped water to try to slow the spread of Eagle Creek Fire.

On September 2, the crew and security officers assigned to Indian Creek Fire helped locate hikers and campers in the vicinity of the Eagle Creek Fire. They provided assistance to a large group of people stranded above the new fire, led them to a safer location for the night, and helped them hike out to Wahtum Lake in the morning. The crew also diverted PCT hikers to Wahtum Lake for transportation past the fire. Buses transported the hikers back to their vehicles at Eagle Creek Trailhead or to the PCT trailhead by Cascade Locks.

On September 4, a Type 2 Incident Command Team assumed command of Indian Creek Fire and Eagle Creek Fire. On September 5, the fires merged and are now being managed as the Eagle Creek Fire.

Please see the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department site at https://www.mcso.us/site/ , the Hood River County Sheriff's Department site at http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/ and http://skamaniasheriff.com/ for the latest updates on evacuations.

I-84 is closed from Troutdale (MP 17) to Hood River (MP 64). Check TripCheck at https://www.tripcheck.com/ for the latest road status. Trail and area closures expanded and currently include: Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail from Lolo Pass to Cascade Locks, Eagle Creek Trail, Herman Creek, Wyeth, Benson Plateau, Ruckel Creek, Tanner Butte, Moffet Creek and related spurs. The road to Wahtum Lake is also closed. This closure is expanding to cover the fire growth.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginTuesday July 04th, 2017 approx. 05:36 PM
LocationEagle Creek Trail System
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Estimated Containment DateMonday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter & understory)

Outlook

Remarks

Eagle Creek Fire has merged with Indian Creek Fire. Updates are being made to the Eagle Creek Fire Inciweb site.

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Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055
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