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Eagle Creek Fire - Morning Update 9/22/17

Incident: Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/22/2017

Approximate Fire Size: 48,668 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%


Summary:

Fire activity has been minimal due to cooler temperatures and rain. Over the last four days anywhere from 3.5” to 6” of rain fell over the fire area, with heavier rains over the western portion of the fire.

Current activities include resource and condition assessments as well as planning and implementing suppression repair efforts. Heavy equipment is on site to assist with repair efforts. Much of this work is dependent on ground conditions as there is the potential to do further damage if heavy machinery operates in extremely wet and muddy terrain. Meanwhile handcrews are “low stumping” and cleaning up large woody debris.

Plans include potentially building hand line as a contingency closer to the fire’s eastern edge. This work will only be done if it is safe for firefighters to engage and there are safe escape routes and safety zones.

There is still live fire on Shellrock Mountain and elsewhere within the fire area. With the incoming warmer, drier weather expect to see smokes and fire activity in the coming days.

Weather is forecasted to be cloudy and overcast with little chance for measurable rain today. Coming into the weekend weather is expected to be sunnier and warmer, with a drying trend early next week.

Resource Advisors (READs) are working closely with the incident’s Operations Chiefs to guide the suppression repair efforts, taking into consideration soil stability, hydrology, cultural concerns, and recreation values.


ODOT continues work to mitigate safety concerns along the I-84 corridor in an effort to open eastbound lanes as soon as possible.

Resources Assigned: 2-Hand Crews; 6 Engines; 1 Helicopter; Additional Heavy Equipment; 158 total Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:

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