Indian Creek Update - Sunday, September 3rd 930pm
Incident: Indian Creek Fire Wildfire
The Indian Creek 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 fire started on July 4th. A second fire, the Eagle Creek Fire, started September 2, 2017 approximately 4 miles north of the Indian Creek Fire on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
At 6 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017, Pacific Northwest Team 6 lead by Shawn Sheldon will take command of Indian Creek Fire and Eagle Creek Fire. Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshall will join with the Forest Service to form a unified command over the fires.
Support the Eagle Creek Fire:
When the Eagle Creek Fire started Saturday afternoon, Indian Creek Fire aircraft and firefighters were diverted to support the initial attack efforts and hiker rescue. The fire caused 153 Eagle Creek hikers to shelter in place on the Eagle Creek Trail as the Eagle Creek Fire cut off their return to the trailhead. A handful of these hikers hiked out via Wahtum Lake Saturday night. Most of these hikers spent the night on the Eagle Creek Trail just south of Tunnel Falls. Forest Service firefighters hiked in to provide direction and support to the hikers. They then hiked out to Wahtum Lake on Sunday. Three hikers were hoisted from the Benson Plateau area by helicopter Saturday. Incident personnel hiked affected trails on Sunday to ensure they were clear of hikers.
Hood River County Sheriff, US Forest Service firefighters, Air National Guard, and local rescue groups including Crag Rats, Mountain Wave and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue participated to ensure the safe evacuation of the trapped hikers.
Indian Creek Fire grew over the past two days to approximately 1090 acres. On Sunday, firefighter and aircraft efforts were prioritized to the hiker rescue and Eagle Creek Fire. Smoke limited visibility of the fire, hence no helicopter work was performed on the fire on Sunday. Two helicopters did support initial attack on another new fire 6 acre fire approximately 20 miles southeast near the Bear Springs Work Center. Labor Day weekend weather continues to be hot and dry with significant potential for fire growth.
Trail & Area Closures:
The trail, road and area closure is being expanded. The closure list can be found at the closure tab above.