Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
September 28, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Approximate Fire Size: 48,831 acres
Approximate Fire Containment: 46%
An infra-red flight was flown last night which showed minimal areas of active fire, none of which posed a threat to containment, but that continue to produce smoke that can be seen. With additional data analysis a more precise acreage estimate has been established at 48,831 acres.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assigned to Eagle Creek Fire has been hard at work since arriving on the 25th, assessing and prescribing emergency stabilization treatments for the areas that have been most affected by Eagle Creek Fire. The team is comprised of 20 members, representing a wide spectrum of resources specialists ranging from geologists, hydrologists and soil scientists to wildlife and fisheries biologists, to foresters, recreation specialists and archeologists.
Fire repair work, needed to return sites affected by fire suppression activities to as close to pre-fire conditions as possible, is in full swing. An intensive effort is being implemented in coordination with the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to complete repair work before fall rains begin in earnest. A significant amount of local and regional heavy equipment has been brought in the last few days to complete this work. Fire line repair is one area of emphasis, which involves re-contouring lines and covering them with limbs and forest duff to minimize the potential for erosion and starting the process of restoring forest soils. In addition, trees felled during construction of fire lines and fuels reductions are being removed from the area to facilitate line repair. Trees are being sorted and staged for use, with those most suited being set aside for stream restoration work.
As a result of the large repair and log removal effort, the public is cautioned to watch for truck traffic, particularly in the Binns Hill area. Primary truck traffic routes are marked.
Resources Assigned: 3 Hand Crews; 7 Engines; 1 Helicopter; 1 Dozer, 9 Excavators, 4 Chippers, 1 Feller Buncher, 1 Forwarder, 4 Skidders, 1 Road Grader ; 195 total Personnel
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