Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031
September 27, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Approximate Fire Size: 48,573 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
Crews continued to work on mop up and suppression repair yesterday through the eastern and western flanks of the fire. Heavy equipment, including a dozer and skidder made progress in suppression repair in the western part of the fire. Fire leaders will continue to relocate equipment as needed, as fire crews continue suppression repair efforts prescribed by incident resources advisors.
Resource advisors are working with crews to implement suppression repair of almost 300 miles of dozer line, hand line, and road line. While suppression repair efforts prescribed by incident resource advisors are localized efforts to bring the fire area as close to a pre-fire condition as possible, the 13-person Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will research the potential adverse effects of future weather events on the fire’s most impacted areas. The BAER team will assess and recommend emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural heritage and critical natural resources. The team began to assess the fire yesterday, and they are scheduled to fly over the fire again today.
A high-pressure system is expected to bring temperatures to the low- to mid- 80s today and relative humidity is expected to be at 30-35%. Additionally, east winds will hold steady at 10-15 mph with gusts 25-30 mph. Light east winds caused no significant increase in fire activity yesterday, and fire activity is expected to increase moderately today due to the increase in temperatures and easterly winds. Isolated smokes may be visible, particularly in areas that are more exposed to the wind and sun. Reconnaissance flights yesterday showed that heat is interior of the fire, with some near Nesmith Point. This heat and increase in fire activity brought on by the high-pressure system is not expected to threaten control lines, as the cooler weather, shorter daylight hours and recent rains have increased moisture in the fuels. Fire leadership is aware of the changing conditions and has made resources available for initial attack operations if the need arises.
Resources Assigned: 2 Hand Crews; 7 Engines; 1 Helicopter; 1 Dozer; 175 total Personnel
Additional fire and closure information can be found at the following sites:
● Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/
● Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/
● Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire
● 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/