Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
September 30, 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%
The cold front that arrived over the fire delivered up to a ¼ inch of rain yesterday. While this was enough to make soils and vegetation damp it did not hamper repair efforts significantly. Precipitation and cooler temperatures are expected throughout the weekend into early next week. Crews were advised during morning briefings to be aware of potentially slippery conditions and to take the extra precautions to ensure their safety.
While crews continue making significant progress on repair of fire suppression impacts, the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team continues to evaluate the burned area. They will prescribe emergency response actions to protect people, land, and other resources quickly and effectively. The BAER team has reached out to local, state and federal organizations to coordinate and share information . One of the goals is to ensure that there is a coordinated effort when determining what values are at risk as a result of the fire.
Seeing the aftermath of a wildfire can be difficult, however, there are some effects of wildfire that are beneficial in the long term. For example, while the immediate effects of wildfire can be detrimental to salmon, in the long-term wildfire can result in better salmon habitat. Keep in mind that salmon evolved in an environment prone to fire and have adapted to its impacts on their habitat. Wildfire can provide significant inputs of gravel, sediment, and wood, the raw materials for productive salmon habitat. While streams and rivers in the burned area may periodically run brown with sediment this winter, in the years to come, the waters will eventually clear to reveal healthy habitat.
Resources Assigned: 4 Hand Crews; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 10 Excavators, 1 Dozer, 3 Chippers, 1 Feller-Buncher, 1 Forwarder, 1 Processor, 1 Log Loader, 3 Skidders, 1 Road Grader ; 229 total Personnel
Additional fire, closure and evacuation 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/