Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 1, 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%
It continued to rain on the fire area yesterday, particularly in the western reaches. Temperatures at elevation were in the upper 40’s. These conditions suppress the fire, but also challenge repair crews who are now working in cold, wet conditions. Fire supervisors are reminding crews to pay additional attention to changing conditions like slippery roads and trails. The rains also make soils wet, which has forced a halt to some repair work in order to prevent soil compaction and damage to forest roads. Repair activities, such as brush chipping, have been progressing well, along with fire line repair in less sensitive locations and where the soils are not as moist. A high pressure system is expected to bring dryer conditions on Monday and repair work will continue when conditions are drier.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to the Eagle Creek Fire continues its assessment work and is planning to release findings toward the end of next week. One product they are producing is a Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map. Using the SBS map, BAER Team members will run models to estimate changes in stream flows and geologic hazards such as debris flows and rock falls. This will be used to develop recommendations for actions to be taken to protect public safety and natural resources.
We’re happy to report on another positive outcome after the fire. The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, who maintain a convent in the hills outside of Corbett, were evacuated during the fire. The fire came within 50 feet of their home, but thanks to the efforts of firefighters who implemented structural protection measures around the convent, and the efforts of their arborist to Firewise their property, the convent escaped without any damage. The sisters, along with their cats and goats, have been able to happily return to their convent and their mission.
Resources Assigned: 3 Hand Crews; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 9 Excavators, 1 Dozer, 6 Chippers, 1 Forwarder, 1 1 Log Loader, 4 Skidders, 1 Log Truck, 1 Dump Truck, 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/