Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 2, 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%
Firefighters continued to work on fire suppression repair around large parts of the fire yesterday and will likely continue for several more days. “This is the largest fire suppression repair project in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area since it was established in 1986,” said Fire Management Officer Darren Kennedy, noting the amount of heavy equipment deployed to repair large areas affected by early suppression efforts both in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and in Mt. Hood National Forest.
The NW Area Team 12 will be completing their two-week deployment and turning over command of Eagle Creek Fire to the NW Idaho Interagency team. The NW Idaho Interagency Type 3 team will be in-briefing today and taking command of the fire on Tuesday evening following a one-day transition shadowing period.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to the Eagle Creek Fire finalized the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map yesterday. They identified 15% of the fire area as having high burn severity and 30% with moderate burn severity. The remaining 55% has low or very low burn severity. High burn severity is characterized by the burning of all or nearly all of the ground cover and surface organic matter (leaves, needles, and decaying plant matter), including fine roots. Moderate burn severity has consumption of up to 80% of the ground cover. In areas with low burn severity, much of the organic matter on the surface is not fully burned and roots are generally intact. The BAER team will host a community meeting to explain their findings more in detail, date and time TBA.
BAER Team members and other fire personnel have reported falling rocks and debris dislodging within the fire closure area. The area closure is in place in order to protect the public and emergency responders from unnecessary exposure to known hazards. Should there be an injury within the closure area, emergency responders would be exposed to hazard trees, rolling rocks, and unstable terrain in order to perform search, rescue and extraction. The public is asked to continue to respect the area closures and to call local forest offices for hiking and recreation alternatives.
A high-pressure system is expected to bring clear sunny skies this week. Temperatures today will be in the mid- 60s with moderate relative humidity and light winds turning easterly this evening.
Resources Assigned: 3 Hand Crews; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 14 misc. heavy equipment; 208 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/