This Weekend: Persons Found w/in the Area Closure will be Issued Citations
The fire area closure spans across the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood National Forest. There are perilous conditions that greatly compromise public safety within the closure... more
The Eagle Creek Fire was reported September 2 at approximately 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 48,831 acres.
Since October 13th, the fire has been considered 50% contained, with little to no growth expected.
Most of the 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 currently underway.
A closure remains in place for the burned area to protect public and employee safety, which is the top priority implemented by fire managers. For more information about the 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||1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon|
|Incident Commander||Matt Desmione|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Burning In The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||50%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday November 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
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, mop-up and fire area assessments. Demobilization of resources as necessary. Prepare to work with BAER team needs. Monitor closure area.
Historic Columbia River Highway conditions:
Historic Columbia River Highway is closed 2 miles east of Corbett Mileposts 9 through 22 from Larch Mountain to Ainsworth due to wildfire.
Percent contained remains unchanged due to difficult terrain and access to fire line. No fire growth has occurred.
Rain showers and cooler temperatures remain in the forecast for the rest of the week. Snow level could come down to 4,000 feet.