Evacuation levels were lowered today in Multnomah County and around Cascade Locks as officials determined it was safe for residents to return to their homes. However, continued fire movement east of Herman Creek caused the Hood River County Sheriff to increase evacuation levels in areas west of Hood River. A limited area was upgraded to Level 3 (“Go”) while another was put on a Level 2 (“Be Set”) notice. For specific details, visit the appropriate county website:
Multnomah County: http://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO
Hood River County: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/
Wind continued to push the fire beyond Nick Eaton Ridge toward Casey Creek and Shellrock Mountain on the Northeast corner. Fire burning in this area has produced much of the smoke impacting areas around the fire. As conditions allowed, helicopters dropped water to slow the fire’s spread. Firefighters built and reinforced line along the I-84 corridor to Mitchell Point. Work also continues on contingency lines from Mitchell Point south to Wahtum Lake.
Along the I-84 corridor, mop-up continued from Bridal Veil east toward Warrendale. On the Southwest corner, crews constructed and reinforced direct line along the fire’s perimeter and water drops were used to cool hotspots in the Bell Creek area where small pockets of fuel along the line were burned out. On the Southeast corner, fire continues its low intensity burn in Tanner and Big Cedar Springs. Oregon State Fire Marshal crews continue to patrol around residences along I-84 and in the Cascade Locks area.
All suppression efforts are focused on protecting communities, infrastructure, and other values at risk.
Tomorrow, firefighters will continue working the Northeast corner along I-84 with the objective of holding the fire at the powerline corridor south of the highway. Weather is predicted to remain cooler with higher relative humidity and continued westerly flow. The potential for significant precipitation early next week also remains.
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:
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/