Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Eagle Creek Fire
October 7, 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 on the western side of the fire and grading and repairing roads.
A cold front entered the area today, bringing precipitation and within the fire area. Gusty west winds and intermittent showers are expected through Saturday before giving way once again to a warmer, dryer start to next week.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has released the Eagle Creek Fire Burned Soil Severity map and preliminary findings. 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. People who violate the the closure area will be cited and fined.
Still looking for ways to support Eagle Creek fire fighters? Support local businesses! In addition to being a recreational area rich in cultural and historical significance, the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding communities are home to many of the firefighters helping with Eagle Creek fire and their families.
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/