Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Approximate Fire Size: 48,668 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
Crews continued to make good progress yesterday doing repair work on contingency lines that were built near the southern perimeter of the fire. One hotshot crew worked along the southeast area of the fire line, using a chipper to process felled material. A hand crew worked near the area of Wahtum Lake low stumping high cut stumps along the contingency line. This work will continue today along with a falling team working along Palmer Mill Road, which remains closed to the public. Larch Mountain road is also closed to all traffic as there is heavy equipment working along this corridor. These closures apply to cyclists, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic.
Resource Advisors (READs) are working directly with each division to guide suppression repair efforts with an emphasis on erosion control and streamside restoration. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and will assess conditions, develop plans, and implement emergency treatments to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of the fire. The team will also identify areas where stabilization is needed to prevent degradation to natural and cultural resources on federal land.
Today’s weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s with light winds coming from the west. Expected weather includes a small amount of immeasurable rain Monday and Tuesday with a high pressure system bringing warmer temperatures and drier winds Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yesterday I-84 eastbound opened, with access limited to one lane in some areas. Speed limits have been lowered to 50 mph on parts of the I-84 corridor. Smoke is still visible along the highway and drivers are encouraged to drive with their headlights on and obey all closures and speed limits.
In coordination with wildland firefighter crews, local fire departments have forces ready to respond to any new fire activity along Interstate 84.
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
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/