Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055
Indian Creek Fire Update
Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Location: Approximately 20 miles west-southwest of Hood River, Oregon in the
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest
An infrared flight early August 16 found two hot areas on the interior of the Indian Creek Fire. There was no change in size, with the fire still at 83 acres.
The helicopter did not drop water on the fire from Saturday to Wednesday, with very little smoke visible through Tuesday. With Wednesday's warmer temperatures and gusty winds, the Indian Creek Fire showed more smoke. Fire personnel flew over the fire and determined that a pocket of vegetation on the interior of the fire was burning at a low intensity. These flames didn't threaten to spread beyond the current fire perimeter, and were consuming more of the brush and duff, making a later reburn less likely.
The Cascade Type 2 Initial Attack Crew continues to cut brush along the 2810 Road and in other locations identified as important for potential suppression operations. They are also continuing to monitor the fire for any changes in activity level.
On Wednesday, August 16, a Type 3 Team assumed command of the Indian Creek Fire. They will use the data the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team accumulated about the fire, vegetation around the fire, potential control line locations, and more. The Type 3 Team will continue to monitor the fire and take control actions when needed.
Public use restrictions are still in effect for campfires, smoking, internal combustion engines, and off-highway motorized vehicles on the Mt. Hood National Forest. Please contact the Forest or check their website for further details: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices
The eclipse on August 21 is bringing many people into the forests and grasslands while fire danger is high. Please be aware of your surroundings and be careful not to start new fires. Some sites to visit for more information:
Oregon Public Lands Eclipse Blog: http://2017eclipse.blogspot.com
Trail & Area Closure:
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail remains open but there is a closure in the fire area. The northern portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440 off of Interstate 84 is open for 4.8 miles. The southern part of Eagle Creek Trail, and several other trails are closed. Wahtum Lake and Indian Springs Campgrounds are closed. A map and full list of closures can be found on the websites below.
Indian Creek Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/
Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/mthoodnf