Eagle Creek Fire- Morning Update 9/13/17
Incident: Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire
Warmer, dry winds picked up yesterday evening, increasing fire behavior. On the Northeast corner, the fire crossed Herman Creek into the Camp Creek drainage about two to three miles south of I-84. It ran approximately three miles to Nick Eaton Ridge with some spots toward Gorton Creek. Firefighters anticipated this potential movement and have been dropping water in the area as conditions permitted, slowing the fire’s advance. These efforts will continue today. Crews are also establishing and strengthening contingency lines along the powerline corridor east of Cascade Locks to Shellrock Mountain and from Mitchell Point to Wahtum Lake. These measures are in place to protect communities and the I-84 corridor.
Crews made gains along the I-84 corridor, particularly between Bridal Veil and Warrendale, where more line was completed. Mop up continued on the west end of the fire along with direct line construction on the Southwest side; crews are also scouting powerline corridors to build contingency line in this area. Continued moderate to active fire behavior on the Southeast corner will produce more smoke through the day.
On the Eastern end where the fire has crossed Herman Creek, planners anticipate continued active fire behavior, though cooler temperatures and higher humidity predicted for the remainder of the week should help slow its advance. Still, residents can expect to see smoke from these actively burning areas within the fire’s perimeter.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal will continue to place two task forces on both the day and night shifts. These crews will patrol areas with homes and assist with operations along the I-84 corridor.
Weather today is anticipated to be cooler with higher relative humidity and continued westerly flow as a weak disturbance moves over the fire. Weather over the weekend will remain seasonable, with the potential for significant precipitation early next week, which should help firefighters continue to make gains.
Contact Information: Fire Information 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon
Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 35,636 acres
Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 13
Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory)
Resources Assigned: 25 crews (5-Type 1, 13-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 47 Engines; 10 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 15 Water Tenders; 898 Personnel
Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:
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/