Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055
Indian Creek Fire Update
July 26, 2017: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest
Summary: The Indian Creek Fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain. Because deep duff and moss-covered shale on 75% slopes made the fire unsafe for the firefighters to engage on the ground, a helicopter has been dropping water on the fire to cool hot spots and slow growth. The fire is spreading slowly through the understory and producing smoke that is affecting nearby communities and Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks.
Current Situation: A 10-person Wildland Fire Module along with one 20-person Type 2 initial attack crew is assigned to the fire to monitor activity and scout for opportunities to take direct action where it is safe to do so and where firefighters have the most opportunity to be successful in suppressing the fire, such as a rocky ridge top. Staffing and resource levels will increase as warranted based on fire growth, behavior and complexity. Firefighters will minimize suppression-related impacts to protect natural resources and maintain wilderness character.
The current suppression objective is to limit fire growth to the west side of Eagle Creek. The values at risk will change if the fire moves to the east toward private lands, to the southwest toward the Bull Run Watershed or to the north toward the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Fire crews are scouting for natural features where they can safely and effectively establish control lines.
CLOSURES: The Mt. Hood National Forest has issued a trail and area closure order late July 5 for the area surrounding the Indian Creek Fire, including Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness (to the north) to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.
The closure includes adjacent trails Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs Trail #435, Eagle Tanner Trail #433 and Tanner Butte Trail #401, south of Tanner Butte. Tunnel Falls is closed; however Punchbowl Falls and the Pacific Crest Trail remain open. The order and map are on the Mt. Hood National Forest webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood.
Start Date: July 4, 2017
Size: 74 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Location: Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness near 7 ½ Mile Camp
Cause: Under Investigation
Crews Assigned: 2
Helicopters Assigned: 2
Personnel Assigned: 68
Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands