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Eagle Creek Fire

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon
Hood River, OR 97031

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Eagle Creek Fire - Morning Update 9/20/17

Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/20/2017

Eagle Creek

September 20, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com

Eagle Creek Fire Size: approximately 48,668 acres
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 46%
Archer Fire Size: approximately 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

Summary:

Substantial rain fell across the fire yesterday, increasing total rain since Sunday to one and one half to three inches on lower elevations and three to six inches on the upper elevations. Most portions of the fire are in a smoldering state, with the exception of the northeast corner where minimal creeping has been observed. Only 3 acres of growth occurred in the past 24 hours. Smoke can still be seen in many areas and occasional torching may be seen. Crews continue to patrol and mop up hot spots along the perimeter.


The fire camp at the Hood River County Fairgrounds near Odell was demobilized yesterday. A new Incident Command Post has been established in Cascade Locks at the Best Western Columbia River Inn. Contact details for the public information office remain the same. Northwest Incident Management Team 12, under the leadership of Incident Commander Craig Glazier, assumed command of the fire from departing Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 at 6 AM this morning. More personnel were also released from the fire as the team downsizes to a smaller organization to match needs on the ground.


Soil and hydrology specialists with the Oregon Department of Transportation have been surveying areas along the I-84 corridor as officials continue to assess public safety through the burn area. The public is reminded to drive slowly through the fire area and respect the area closures that have been issued. There is high potential for falling trees, falling rock and debris slides within the fire area. A flash flood warning for the fire area remains in effect through noon today, Wednesday, heightening the concern for public and firefighter safety.


Specialists have also been monitoring the Bull Run Watershed; no ash from the fire has been detected in Bull Run Reservoir or Lake. The fire burned only a small section in the northeast corner of the watershed management area, four miles from Bull Run Reservoir and six miles from Bull Run Lake. None of the Bull Run Watershed has been affected by the fire.


Firefighters will continue removing unneeded equipment today, as they patrol and map fire lines. Activities will be limited due to wet conditions to provide firefighter safety and reduce resource impacts. Dryer, more seasonable weather is predicted later this week. Suppression repair activities will occur as conditions improve.


Resources Assigned: 3-Type 2 Initial Attack Crews; 8 Engines; 1 Helicopter; 1 Water Tender; 243 Personnel


Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
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/