Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Hot, dry and gusty east winds fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday as the fire moved west. At 1 a.m. this morning, line personnel reported that the temperature was 91 degrees, the relative humidity was 24%, and the winds were sustained from the east at 13–16 miles per hour with gusts to 25 mph.
Four Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office task forces of engines were awakened during the night, at fire camp in Odell and sent to assist with the firefighting efforts. A total of 10 task forces worked through the night to provide structure protection. Additionally, more structural fire resources arrived overnight to be deployed to the line today. There have been no known residential structural losses.
By 2 a.m. the fire had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington. The Washington spot is located near Archer Mountain.
For current evacuation information, residents are encouraged to monitor information from local jurisdictions and media outlets.
I-84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks and rolling debris entering the roadway. Washington State Route 14 is open to passenger vehicle traffic, but closed to commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are being routed to Highway 26. Check www.tripcheck.com for road conditions in Oregon and http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts for road conditions in Washington.
Brisk East winds are expected to continue through today. Wednesday is forecasted to bring partial cloudiness with winds switching to westerly 6-8 mph gusting to 15 mph after 1200 with increased relative humidity.
The U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 6 and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office have formed an integrated team to manage the Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire.