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Indian Creek Fire

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Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Sandy, OR 97055

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Indian Creek Fire Update for August 28, 2017

Indian Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/28/2017

Background:

The fire is located 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.

The Indian Creek Fire is currently 335 acres.

The fire started on July 4th.

A confine strategy is being used to suppress this fire. While firefighters are known for working in arduous conditions, the location of this fire is not a safe place to put them. The terrain is steep with drop-offs. When the logs and duff on these slopes burn, the rocks and logs roll downhill creating a hazard for firefighters. They need to have an escape route and safety zone which do not exist.

Weather:

The Red Flag Warning continues to be in effect through 8pm Monday for hot, dry and unstable weather conditions.

Aerial Suppression:

Sunday there were four Super Scoopers, fixed wing aircraft, and two Type-2 helicopter including an Oregon Department of Forestry ship dropping water on the fire. Washington DNR provided support with an air attack fixed wing aircraft to coordinate the rotation of aircraft over the fire. Today, two additional Type-2 helicopters will be added including one from Washington DNR. The cooperative support from Oregon Department of Forestry and Washington DNR is greatly appreciated.

Trail & Area Closure:

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail remains open but travel off the trail in the fire area is prohibited. Eagle Creek Trail #440 is open from its trailhead off I-84 to High Bridge at the 3.3 mile mark so Punch Bowl Falls is open. 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 Inciweb link below.

On Saturday, a hiker went beyond the closure fence and signage on Eagle Creek Trail at High Bridge and was issued a violation notice with significant fine. It is critical that Eagle Creek hikers comply with the closure, so firefighters can focus on the fire vs responding to individuals who enter the closed area.

Fire information:

Indian Creek Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/

Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/mthoodnf