Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031
Focus continues to be on repair and cleanup of suppression efforts. Resource Advisors (READs) are working alongside fire crews to ensure cultural and natural resource values along with historic and recreational features are protected and preserved. One hand crew will proceed with their work near Wahtum Lake, low stumping and chipping along contingency lines on the south side of the fire. A hotshot crew will continue their work on the southeast side of the fire and will begin building water bars on a piece of hand line in this area.
Crews have been scouting along Shellrock Mountain trying to identify a safe way for firefighters to engage with the active fire in this area. To date this has not been possible due to multiple safety concerns. Yesterday an engine was able to set up a sprinkler system on an area of live fire near I-84 where fire has been visible from the highway. Working and traveling on I-84 poses risks to fire crews and incident managers ask the public to continue to follow speed limits and closures along this corridor. The closures are in effect both for public safety, and in order for crews to accomplish their work.
Last night an infrared (IR) flight was conducted to help identify where fire is still actively burning, with particular attention being paid to the east end of the fire.
High clouds are expected to roll in this evening along with a very slight chance of rain over the western portion of the fire. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s with relative humidity around 60 percent and west winds around 6-10 mph. There is still a lot of moisture under the tree canopy and fire officials do not expect a change in fire behavior without a significant weather event.
Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Approximate Fire Size: 48,668 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
Resources Assigned: 2 Hand Crews; 6 Engines; 1 Helicopter; Additional Heavy Equipment; 156 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/