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Eagle Creek Fire

ANNOUNCEMENT

Eagle Creek Fire Contained, But Not Yet Out
Following an official review of Eagle Creek Fire status on November 30, 2017, the fire has been declared 100% contained. The change reflects a determination made that the fire is not expected to grow. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 12/1/2017

Approximate Location

45.63 latitude, -121.904 longitude

Incident Overview

A fern pushes up through the burned soil surface, showing some healthy roots survived the fire in areas with low burn severity.

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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 48,831 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.

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.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginSaturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM
Location2.5 miles westof Cascade Locks, Oregon
Incident CommanderChris Harper
Incident DescriptionWildfire Burning In The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel15
Size48,831 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal

Outlook

Planned Actions

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. Demobilization of resources as necessary. Monitor closure area.

Remarks

Check Columbia River Gorge NSA and Mt. Hood NF websites for future changes to closure areas.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Rain showers and cooler temperatures remain in the forecast for the rest of the week. Snow level could come down to 4,000 feet.

Unit Information

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Hood River, OR 97031
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Email: eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com
Phone: 541-308-1700
Hours: Monday -Friday 8am-4:30pm

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