Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 3, 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%
Fire suppression repair is on track to be completed according to plan. Work is nearing completion in 2 of the 5 divisions. Some repair work remains on hold while soils dry out in the most western division of the fire which received the heaviest rains. The safety record for the crews has been stellar. No significant injuries have occurred and in spite of the cold, wet weather, crews have remained healthy and in good spirits.
Weather improved yesterday and the forecast is for continued dry and warmer weather through the end of the week. This should dry soils out in the western division of the fire, allowing repair work to be completed. With the dryer and warmer weather, an increase in isolated smokes is anticipated. Nonetheless, no significant fire activity is expected and the isolated burning poses no threat to containment. A cooler and wetter weather pattern is expected to return over the weekend.
The BAER team assigned to the fire has completed a Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map, which will be released toward the end of the week. Computer models are being used to employ the SBS map to calculate data about increased runoff and stream flows. Maps are being created showing areas with increased likelihood of landslides. The BAER Team has now begun work on the process of synthesis. Scientists from the various disciplines will be discussing their own findings and seeing how their concerns overlap with those of other scientists. They will determine the levels of threats to the “Values at Risk” helping define where the biggest threats exist. Early in the BAER process, “Values at Risk” (VARs) were identified, which include roads, buildings, recreation sites, trails, fish hatcheries, powerlines, water quality, and cultural and historic sites. The BAER Team members will evaluate which VARs face the highest risk, and what measures might be considered to reduce these risks quickly. Threats to public life and safety are the highest priority. BAER Team members will be working on plans for emergency treatments for priority risks, and calculating the costs for these treatments to aid in preparing requests for emergency funding.
This will be the last update from NW Incident Management Team 12. The North Idaho Interagency Type 3 team takes command tonight. Public information officers currently working with Team 12 will be joining the Idaho team and continuing to provide information including daily updates. Phone and online information sources will remain the same.
Resources Assigned: 3 Hand Crews; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 9 Excavators, 1 Dozer, 5 Chippers, 1 Forwarder, 1 Log Loader, 3 Skidders, 1 Log Truck, 1 Dump Truck, 1 Road Grader; 205 total Personnel.
Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at the following sites:
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/
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/