Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
September 21, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Approximate Fire Size: 48,668 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
Cool and moist conditions continue to prevail across the fire, resulting in no measured growth over the past 24 hours. Fire behavior remains minimal. Most portions of the fire are in a smoldering state, though some open flame has been observed. Moisture can be slow to penetrate larger fuels (downed trees, snags, etc.), which may continue to burn for some time. Smoke can still be seen from portions of the fire. Crews remain in place to patrol and extinguish hot spots along the fire’s perimeter, while they work on soil stabilization projects.
Flash flood watches for the fire area have expired, but many hazards remain. The Oregon Department of Transportation continues to assess public safety hazards along the I-84 corridor. The public is reminded to drive slowly through the fire area, be aware of traffic restrictions and respect closures that have been issued. There is high potential for falling trees, falling rock and debris slides within the fire area.
Northwest Team 12 became fully operational yesterday from an Incident Command Post located in Cascade Locks at the Best Western Columbia River Inn. The new team has begun placing orders for some additional resources as it develops a plan to manage the fire area. While no significant change in fire behavior is expected, fire managers are developing contingency plans if weather shifts back toward a warmer, drier pattern.
Today, limited repair activities will continue while wet conditions persist. Suppression repair activities will increase as conditions improve. Managers from the USDA Forest Service and other agencies are engaged in post fire restoration strategy implementation.
Weather is expected to remain cooler and moist through this evening, shifting to a drier pattern on Friday.
Resources Assigned: 1-Type 2 Initial Attack Crew; 6 Engines; 2 Heavy Equipment; 1 Helicopter; 167 Personnel (On order: 1 Additional Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, 4 Heavy Equipment)
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/