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Eagle Creek Fire

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
902 Wasco Avenue
Hood River, OR 97031

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Eagle Creek Fire Daily Update 9/29/17

Eagle Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/29/2017





Daily Update

Eagle Creek Fire

September 29, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Fire Information: 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)

eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com

Approximate Fire Size: 48,831 acres

Approximate Fire Containment: 46%

Summary:

A reconnaissance flight flown yesterday confirmed very limited fire activity in spite of warm temperatures and low relative humidity. Smoke, however, continued to drift across Interstate 84 and suppression crews were deployed to mop up residual fire to minimize smoke impacts to drivers.

A cold-front arrived in the area as predicted and rain is forecast to start this morning and spread across the fire. Rain and cooler temperatures are predicted to last throughout the weekend, which is anticipated to further diminish fire activity.

While the arrival of rain is welcomed for fire suppression, it can complicate repair work and increase the potential for erosion. It also serves as a reminder that more significant storms are likely as fall storm season approaches. With this in mind, Team 12 believes it has mobilized an adequate level of resources to meet the repair objectives before larger storms arrive. With these resources, and the help of local contractors that can contribute local knowledge to expedite operations, the repair crews have made exceptional progress towards meeting repair objectives.

In addition to the ongoing repair work, the BAER team has been making good progress with completing their rapid assessment of emergency rehabilitation needs that go beyond the suppression repair activities. Yesterday the BAER team met with representatives of area management agencies to solicit their input on public health, safety and resource protection concerns. This information will be used to help ensure the BAER assessment covers key local concerns as completely as possible. Draft assessment products are expected as early as next week.

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 ; 193 total Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:

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 ; 193 total Personnel

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:

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