Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA
Burned Area Emergency Response Update – Eagle Creek Fire
Developing a Path Forward
October 4, 2017
Hood River, Oregon – Yesterday Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team members met with the District Conservationist from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS is a federal agency that helps private landowners manage their land.
They visited some of the areas of concern along historic Hwy. 30 near Dodson. This area has a history of debris flows, including one in 1996 that buried a house, covered Interstate 84, and pushed a train off of the tracks. The BAER Team members discussed concerns for increased runoff and higher risks of landslides after the Eagle Creek Fire, and potential impacts to federal, state, and private lands. They discussed options for private landowners, mainly notifications of potential flash floods and debris flows.
BAER Team members continue to prepare their preliminary proposals for emergency treatments. There will be presentations about the Values at Risk and identified hazards, plus discussions about the emergency treatment options with representatives from a variety of government agencies.
For more information, contact Judith Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 908-5128.