Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire was 100% contained on November 30, 2017.
The fire was reported September 2 at 4 p.m in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. The fire grew to 3,000 acres overnight that first night. During the night of September 4th and 5th, east winds, combined with excessive heat caused the fire rapidly increase in size pushing westward.
By the morning of September 5th, the fire had grown to over 20,000 acres and had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington near Archer Mountain. The efforts of firefighters, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity helped slow fire growth in the days that followed, but the fire grew to the east and ultimately reached 48,861 acres.
Fire suppression repair – measures to mitigate erosion and restore areas impacted by constructing containment lines – have been completed. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team evaluated risks to life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources resulting from the impact of recent wildfires. The team provided recommendations for mitigations on National Forest System lands to prevent further damage to values at risk in the area. Specific concerns include falling trees, landslides, rockfall, and debris flow, which can be triggered by heavy rainfall or freeze/thaw cycles. Implementation of these mitigations is underway.
To protect public and employee safety, many recreation sites in the burn area remain under a closure order due to post-fire hazards such as fire-weakened trees and potential rockfall and landslides. To check the status of recreation sites or learn more about Eagle Creek Fire Response, visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||2.5 miles west of Cascade Locks, Oregon|
|Incident Commander||Chris Harper|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Burning In The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area|
|Coordinates||45.63 latitude, -121.904 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter
Short Grass (1 foot)
Planned actions include monitoring fire activity, hazard tree removal where safe to do so, fire area assessments, and assist with BAER hazard mitigations as needed. Monitor closure area.
Check Columbia River Gorge NSA and Mt. Hood NF websites for future changes to closure areas.