Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 4, 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 North Idaho Interagency Team took command of Eagle Creek Fire yesterday at 6 p.m. Incoming operations leadership conducted an air reconnaissance flight yesterday afternoon and reported safety concerns regarding rock falls along various sections of trails within the area closure. Crews and heavy equipment will continue fire suppression repair work today. Falling modules will begin to scout hazard trees along roads and trails on the west side.
Yesterday the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team spent much of the day reviewing the Values at Risk (VARs) for the Eagle Creek Fire. Their analysis considered the possibility for floods, rock fall, debris flows, falling trees, erosion, and invasive weeds. BAER Team members also analyzed the level of threat, ranging from minimal danger to life-threatening. The team is preparing proposals for mitigation work, and developing cost estimates. They expect to have preliminary proposals for emergency work summarized by Thursday for discussion with agency representatives.
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.
Temperatures will remain fairly seasonable for the rest of this week. We can expect a warming trend over the fire and light winds today and tomorrow. A cold front moves in later this week brining a chance of rain on Friday.
The Northwest Area Type 2 Interagency Management Team 12 concluded their 14-day assignment and transitioned command of the Eagle Creek Fire to the North Idaho Interagency Type 3 Team yesterday afternoon. Public information lines remain the same.
Resources Assigned: 3 Hand Crew; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 4 engines, 1 Dozer; 166 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/