Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031
Approximate Fire Size: 48,668 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
Fire activity has remained minimal, though hot spots continue to produce smoke and some visible flame. Firefighters will be out patrolling fire lines again today, mopping up these hot spots along the fire perimeter. Crews will also continue implementing suppression repair efforts. These efforts include measures to mitigate disturbance and decrease erosion along fire lines. As the soils continue to dry in the coming days, fire managers anticipate increasing these activities. Additional personnel and equipment have also arrived. There are currently seven Resource Advisors (READs) assigned to the fire to guide the suppression repair efforts, taking into consideration soils, hydrology, cultural concerns, and other values.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is expected to arrive on the fire early next week. This team will begin an initial assessment to identify areas of severe burn and potential threats to human life and safety, property, and potential threats to important cultural and natural resources.
The Oregon Department of Transportation continues work to mitigate safety concerns along the I-84 corridor and expects to open eastbound lanes over the weekend. As the travel corridor opens, travelers are asked to remain cognizant of hazards and respect area closures. Unstable rock, trees, and other debris on steep slopes throughout the burn area continue to present a significant public safety hazard. Closures are intended to protect people and other valued resources.
Weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with little chance for measurable rain today. Moving into next week, warmer and sunnier conditions are expected, with the potential for an east wind. Fire managers expect to see smokes and more active fire with this incoming weather and are making contingency plans should fire behavior increase.
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:
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