Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Hood River, OR 97031
Updates will be distributed every other day unless significant events occur
Firefighters will begin to assess hazard trees in the Multnomah Falls area and along the Eagle Creek Trailhead and Campground. The assessment will determine the amount of fire-weakened trees in these areas, and identify those that can be safely cut down by professional fallers.
Crews and equipment will continue repairing the impacts from the fire suppression effort and are on track to complete all the necessary work this week. This repair work includes: chipping woody debris piled during line construction, installing water bars on dozer and hand lines to help mitigate erosion, and grading roads that were used by emergency fire vehicles and heavy equipment. Crews will also backhaul or remove any remaining items such as water pumps, hoses and tanks no longer needed in the fire suppression effort.
Firefighters will patrol the fire perimeter close to communities and infrastructure to ensure the fire remains within containment lines. Smoke may be seen within the burned area, but this heat poses no threat to established control lines and fire managers do not expect any significant fire growth.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is removing rock and other debris along Historic Highway 30. In order to open the Highway, a significant amount of work must be done. There is no estimated timeline for reopening Highway 30.
Fire managers and forest officials urge locals and visitors to stay out of the area closure because of existing hazards, which include: fire-weakened trees, rolling rocks, and unstable terrain. Entering a closure area will not only jeopardize those who enter these unsafe areas, but also put emergency first responders at risk if they need to extract lost or injured persons. The area closure will remain in place for the foreseeable future and will be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so. Those who violate the closure are subject to prosecution.
Resources Assigned: 1 Hand Crew; 4 Engines; 1 Helicopter, 7 Dozers = 137 total personnel.