Tuesday's Eagle Creek Fire update
Fire containment increased to 11 percent and has burned 35,588 acres.
Fire crews will continue to strengthen and hold the containment lines along the I-84 corridor. They will also continue to improve containment lines near Shell Rock Mountain, and continue to secure the eastern and southeastern contingency lines. The Oregon Department of Transportation continues to work along the I-84 corridor to clear any hazards. Fallers are working to clear hazardous trees along the railroad and power corridors.
Crews expect support from the air. Helicopter bucket drops are planned for today to help slow fire activity in the Herman Creek drainage. Oregon State Fire Marshal crews will continue to work with wildland firefighters by patrolling and providing support along the I-84 corridor. Fire marshal crews’ mission is to keep everyone safe and protect structures.
Last night, there was, what fire crews called, an impressive plume that was visible for miles. It was caused by active fire, as light winds funneled up the Herman Creek Drainage. Winds were expected to blow the fire back down the drainage across the already burning areas.
Fire crews were able to secure spot fires that were on the west end of the Eagle Creek Fire.
Crews are expecting weather conditions will dry out overnight along the ridge tops. Humidity will also drop as low as 20 percent. It will stay dry in the morning. There could be an increased fire behavior as winds could start gusting between 25 and 35 mph as a cold front moves through the fire area. Fire officials don’t expect this increased activity to pose as a threat to Cascade Locks.
There is a cool, moist trend that’s expected to continue Thursday and Friday. Analysists are predicting low to moderate fire behavior. The fire will continue to burn at low intensity on the high ridges to the south, away from populated areas.
Closure and evacuation information
Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at:
- 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/