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Incendio Eagle Creek 22 de septiembre, 2017
Incendio Eagle Creek 22 de septiembre, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. Información: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com Tamaño aproximado del incendio: 48,668 acres Contención... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 3 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

45.63 latitude, -121.904 longitude

Incident Overview

Herman Creek Footbridge withstood the fire 9/18/17

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The Eagle Creek Fire, was reported Sept. 2 at approximately 4 p.m in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 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. As of 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. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels helped slow fire growth over the next several days. As of September 20th, the fire is 48,668 acres and is 46% contained.

Rains are helping to cool hot spots and check the fire's growth. Up to six inches have fallen on the fire in areas at higher elevations. Crews are backhauling equipment and doing suppression repair and engine remain available for Initial Attack.

Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority in the Eagle Creek Fire. The Eagle Creek Fire remains under investigation by the Oregon State Police.


For information regarding evacuations please contact your local Sheriff's Office.


Hood River - http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/

Multnomah - https://www.mcso.us/site/


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginSaturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM
Location1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon
Incident CommanderCraig Glazier IC Type 2
Incident DescriptionWildfire Burning In The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Current Situation

Total Personnel158
Size48,668 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained46%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (large trees)

Dense forest

Open Grass (1 foot tall)

Significant Events

Fire behavior was very minimal due to continued cool weather and occasional showers.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Planned actions include monitoring fire activity, continue back haul of excess equipment and suppression repairs.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Continued precipitation is in the forecast for late Saturday when we should start to see the effects of a drying trend starting Sunday and into Monday.

24 hours:

Area will continue to see off and on showers. This will make continued fire movement unlikely due to unfavorable fuels conditions.

48 hours:

A typical northwest fall season is anticipated. This is characterized by recurring moisture slowly moving out of the area. This pattern will change to a drying trend as we move out of the weekend. This pattern of rapidly alternation wet/dry cycles makes future growth of the Eagle Creek Fire unlikely.

72 hours:

Fall like pattern continues with more chance of sunny weather as we head out of the weekend. Fire growth is very unlikely on the Eagle Creek Fire.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fall like pattern continues. As the ridge builds over the region we will see a warming and drying trend after the weekend.

Remarks

Interstate 84 conditions: Eastbound I-84 is closed from exit 17 in Troutdale to milepost (MP)62 in Hood River due to a wildfire in the area. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route. Ramps are affected.

Oregon 100 conditions: Highway 100 is closed 2 miles East of Corbett MP 9 through 22 from Larch Mountain to Ainsworth due to wildfire.

Critical Resource needs continue to be a struggle to get filled for meeting the mission and objectives on this incident.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Ridge has started to build over the region pushing the upper level low out of the area bringing back a warming and drying trend in the coming days. As we approach the next week we will see temperatures possibly reach 80 degrees and potential for east winds on Wednesday and Thursday.

Unit Information

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue, Suite 200
Hood River, OR 97031
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Email: eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com
Phone: 541-392-1632
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