Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055
Indian Creek Fire Update
July 27, 2017: 12:00 p.m.
General Fire Location: Upper portion of Eagle Creek drainage in Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness within the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest
CLOSURE AREA EXPANDS: In order to ensure firefighter and public safety, the Closure Area has been expanded today to include Wahtum Lake Campground and its access road. The Pacific Crest Trail remains open. Eagle Creek trail (#440) is open from the trailhead 4.8 miles upstream to the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness boundary, but CLOSED within the Wilderness. A map of the new closure area is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/ and a list of closed trails, roads, and other sites is available below.
Summary: The Indian Creek Fire is burning in very steep and rocky terrain south of Eagle Creek’s Tunnel Falls and on the west side of Eagle Creek. It is located 3 miles east of the Bull Run watershed and 1.5 miles west of the Pacific Crest Trail. Because firefighters are unable to directly access the fire, helicopters are being used to drop water on and near the fire to slow its growth. The fire is burning slowly through brush and duff in the understory and has not spread into the crowns of trees in the overstory.
Current Situation: A Type 1 (heavy) helicopter continues to drop water on and near the fire to stop or slow its spread. Firefighters from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are in the field scouting for potential locations to stop the fire. Firelines will be prepared by hand crews in safe locations where firefighters have the highest chance of success in stopping the fire. Crews will use minimum impact tactics by utilizing landscape features such as ridge tops, rock outcrops, game trails, or existing trails in order to protect natural resources and maintain wilderness character.
The fire did not spread on Wednesday and remains at 74 acres. The current suppression objective is to limit fire growth to the west side of Eagle Creek and to keep it contained within the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.
CLOSURES: Today’s closure, Order # 06-06-06-17-03, includes a portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440, from the boundary with Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness south to its terminus at the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Other closed trails are: Eagle Benson #434, Indian Springs #435, Eagle Tanner #433, Tanner Butte #401, and Chinidere Cutoff #406M. Road 1310 (access to Wahtum Lake) is closed beyond the 1311 junction. Also within the closure area are Tunnel Falls, 7 ½ Mile Camp, Indian Springs Campground, and Wahtum Lake Campground.
Crews Assigned: 2
Helicopters Assigned: 2
Personnel Assigned: 68