Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Two community meetings will be held TODAY, Monday, September 11:
6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 Halsey Street, in Troutdale and
7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Pavilion in Cascade Lock
The U.S Coast Guard re-opened the Columbia River to all traffic last night at 8 p.m. Firefighters spent a good part of Sunday completing a successful burnout to protect the community of Cascade Locks. The fire is holding at the lower edge of Herman Creek and light winds today are predicted to blow from the east pushing the fire back on itself. Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) crews finished their structure protection and assessment work in the Level One Evacuation area in Hood River County. OSFM crews will continue to operate day and night shifts mainly along Interstate 84. Due to the diminished risk to structures, OSFM has begun to reduce the number of crews assigned to the fire. The OSFM mission remains the same: to keep everyone safe and protect structures.
Heavy smoke obscured a large part of the southern fire perimeter for most of the day yesterday preventing the use of aerial resources. Several helicopters assisted other fires in the area. With the change in winds today, fire managers should be able to get a clear look at the the fire perimeter on the east and south side above the Bull Run Watershed. Firefighters will finish mopping up along the northwestern perimeter today near Cascade Locks after completing a burnout yesterday. Firefighters are almost finished tying together roads and trails to put indirect line from Herman Creek southwest to the southernmost extent of the fire.
The change in the winds and sunnier skies will help firefighters find and extinguish any hotspots that may have been smoldering in the low-lying smoke and moist undergrowth for the last several days. Generally, the weather will allow for increased fire behavior but extreme fire behavior is not expected.
Resources Assigned: 24 Crews (4 Type 1, 13 Type 2, 7 Type 2 Initial Attack); 84 Engines; 11 helicopters; 38 dozers, 9 water tenders, 979 personnel.
Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/