• I-84 Closed East Of Portland As Eagle Creek Fire Threatens Gorge Residents

    Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire Update
    Thursday, September 7, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.

    Progress on the Eagle Creek Fire continued overnight. There was some fire growth as firefighters worked to secure fire lines near Cascade Locks and Bridal Veil by conducting burnout operations. Westerly winds picked up in the evening causing a few small spot fires around 8:00 p.m. These were within secondary fire lines, but kept firefighters busy making sure they were completely out.
    Most divisions of the fire had low-intensity fire activity, and firefighters continued to prepare and protect homes. Around 4:00 a.m., with winds again gusting to 15 miles per hour, a small spot fire ignited near a cell tower.

    This spot was also within contingency lines and firefighters worked to keep the fire within those lines.
    With the fire now 5% contained, some key transportation functions of the Gorge are beginning to return. Union Pacific trains successfully moved through on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard is re-opening the Columbia River to night-time passage of commercial boats. Interstate 84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to debris on the roadway and the potential of rolling rocks and falling trees. The Oregon Department of Transportation estimates that about 2,000 hazard trees must by felled before the road will be safe to re-open.

    More burnout operations are planned today to secure fire line near the Bridge of the Gods. This will bring an increase in smoky conditions, but it will help in securing the fire’s edge.
    There will be a community meeting at Bowe Theater at the Hood River Valley High School tonight at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will include Spanish-language interpretation. An additional community meeting is being planned for Friday or Saturday in the Troutdale area.

    Defending private property, historical structures in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the various State Parks in the area and the Bull Run Watershed continue to be top priorities for firefighters.
    A Red Flag warning for potential lightning remains in effect over the fire area through 11:00 p.m. tonight.
    For real time and current evacuation information, please contact the Multnomah, Hood River, or Skamania County Sheriff's Offices.

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