Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 6, 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: 47%
Fire suppression repair continues today. Crews and heavy equipment are involved in chipping operations taking place primarily in the western side of the fire. The clear sunny days may produce isolated smoke in some parts of the fire. This is activity is likely due to stumps and large wood debris continuing to burn themselves out. This isolated smoke is in the interior of the fire line and produces minimal risk to homes and transportation corridors that are open to the public.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team released the Eagle Creek Fire Burned Soil Severity map earlier this week and will release a summary of their preliminary findings later today. BAER Team members and other fire personnel have continued to report falling rocks and debris dislodging within the fire closure area. The area closure is in place in order to protect firefighters, the public, and emergency responders from unnecessary exposure to known hazards.
Search and rescue, or extraction operations within the closure area expose firefighters and emergency responders to hazard trees, rolling rocks, and unstable terrain. The public is asked to continue to respect the area closures and to call local forest offices for hiking and recreation alternatives. The area closure will remain for the foreseeable future due to those hazards. It will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so.
Cool high pressure has settled in over the Pacific Northwest, leading to chilly nights and seasonably mild afternoons. Flow switches onshore by late Thursday, as high pressure weakens sufficiently for a cold front to approach from the Gulf of Alaska. A few showers will move across the area with this system and will continue into Saturday.
Resources Assigned: 2 Hand Crews; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 1 Dozer; 147 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/