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Eagle Creek Fire

Unit Information

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031

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A fern pushes up through the burned soil surface, showing some healthy roots survived the fire in areas with low burn severity.Image options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginSaturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM
Location2.5 miles west of Cascade Locks, Oregon
Incident CommanderBart Kicklighter
Incident DescriptionWildfire In The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Coordinates45.63 latitude, -121.904 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel14
Size48,861 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Short Grass (1 foot)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continued monitoring for hotspots. Assist with hazard mitigations as needed. Monitor closure area.

Remarks

This incident page is no longer being updated. Check Columbia River Gorge NSA and Mt. Hood NF websites for future changes to closure areas.