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Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 18 September 2017 - 09/18/17

Eagle Creek Fire Size: 48,387 acres
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

Summary

Rain began falling across the fire late Sunday afternoon, reducing fire activity. Earlier in the day gusty west winds did increase fire behavior in some areas, especially on the east side of Shellrock Mountain where bucket drops were used to cool hot spots. A column of smoke was also visible as fire burned slowly south in the Herman Creek drainage.

Firefighters were ready to engage where necessary, but spent most of the day preparing fire lines for rains predicted this week. Work included removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to mitigate erosion along fire lines.

Lines are well secured on the southwest corner and along the I-84 corridor to Wyeth. All contingency lines along the south and east sides remains in place, though no significant additional growth is expected on the fire given predicted weather. Even with rain, smoldering and creeping fire can be expected within the fire perimeter for some time. Smoke will continue to be visible.

Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line. Fire managers will monitor conditions to ensure they are safe for firefighters. Crews may be moved from the line to safe locations if conditions warrant.

Both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest have issued signed closure orders for areas within and surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire. We want to emphasize the importance of adhering to these closures and not attempting to enter a closed area. Rolling rocks, falling trees, and loose soil resulting from the rain make it hazardous to travel within these areas. You put yourself and first responders at risk if you breach a closure.

The Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Washington is 100% contained. Equipment back-haul and fire line repair will continue today.

A cold front moved over the fire Sunday night, bringing significant precipitation. Showers, heavy at times, are predicted Monday and Tuesday, with another significant front moving over the fire Wednesday. As precipitation falls across the fire new hazards may emerge, including falling rock and trees on steep slopes and cliffs. If heavier precipitation hits later this week, debris flows are possible in smaller streams and channels.

Resources Assigned: 16 crews (1-Type 1, 8-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 23 Engines; 7 Helicopters; 2 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 626 Personnel

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/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 16 September 2017 - 09/16/17

Eagle Creek Fire Size: 45,579 acres

Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32%

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres
Archer Fire Containment: 100%

A community meeting is scheduled for 12 PM on Saturday, September 16 at the Hood River Valley High School to share information on the Eagle Creek Fire.

Summary:

Firefighter control efforts focus on the outer perimeter of the fire. Smoke and flames may be visible as pockets of unburned fuel are consumed within the interior of the fire.

Temperatures remain seasonable with a high of 72 degrees with east, northeast winds at 15-25 mph. The relative humidity remains low ranging from 20-30 percent. Saturday evening into Sunday winds are expected to begin shifting to the southwest, as a cold front moves into the area bringing cloudy conditions, a chance of precipitation, higher humidity and lower temperatures.

Active fire behavior is expected primarily on the southern and western edge of the fire with dry conditions and east, northeast winds. Firefighters will be reinforcing and holding lines along the west side of the fire. The Bell Creek drainage is expected to receive windy conditions and active fire behavior. Aerial operations will support firefighters with direct water drops to assist holding and firing operations as conditions allow. Mop up continues along the Interstate 84 corridor and reinforcement of lines on the east side of the fire. Work to stabilize fire lines in advance of possible precipitation will be occurring all over the fire area.

Today Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) task forces will continue work making structures better prepared against wildfire. Weather and fire conditions will be monitored to ensure that fire crews are best positioned to protect structures in the event of increased fire behavior.

The Archer Mountain Fire is 100 percent contained with crews on site continuing mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation of fire lines.


Resources Assigned: 27 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 8-Type 2 Initial Attack); 61 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 18 Water Tenders; 1,060 Personnel.


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/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 15 September 2017 - 09/15/17

Eagle Creek Fire Size: 41,550 acres

Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 28%

(Archer Fire Size: 260 Acres -Archer Fire Containment: 100%)


A community meeting has been scheduled for noon on Saturday, September 16 at the Hood River Valley High School to share information on the Eagle Creek Fire.


Summary:

Interstate 84 opened to westbound traffic last night. Crews have worked hard for more than a week to reinforce fire line, remove hazard trees, and address other public safety concerns. Fire line has been completed along I-84 from Bridal Veil to Cascade Locks. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, be aware of changing visibility and watch out for other hazards. All exits between Hood River and Troutdale will remain closed. Drivers are not to stop along the highway.

Yesterday, aircraft dropped nearly 100,000 gallons of water on the fire. Today, resources will be focused on the northeast corner of the fire to help protect the communities, infrastructure, and other values at risk there as burnout operations continue from Cascade Locks east to Mitchell Point. If conditions permit, helicopters may be used to assist with burnout operations west of Wyeth to bring fire down to the powerline corridor in a controlled manner. Crews will also be reinforcing line from Mitchell Point south to Wahtum Lake.

On the west side, fire is most active in the Bell Creek area. Crews will be constructing direct hand line and bucket drops may be used to cool hotspots in that area. Indirect dozer line will be connected to the powerline corridor near Larch Mountain to form a continuous line to the south.

Oregon State Fire Marshal crews will continue to patrol residences near the eastern edge of the fire. Two additional task forces have arrived to support the structural assessment and preparation work being performed in Hood River.

Command of the Archer Mountain Fire transferred to the Eagle Creek Unified Command at 0600 this morning. The Archer Mountain Fire is 100 percent contained. Crews will continue to mop-up and patrol.

Weather is expected to remain cooler with light winds. Friday evening and Saturday may bring lower relative humidity and a shift to light northeast winds. Significant precipitation is still forecast for early next week.

Resources Assigned: 26 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 54 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 16 Water Tenders; 967 Personnel

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/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 14 September 2017 - 09/14/17

Winds, which pushed the fire beyond Nick Eaton Ridge in the northeast corner yesterday, calmed overnight and are anticipated to remain light today. The fire still is expected to continue growing, mainly to the south and to a lesser extent the east, but at a slower rate. Air resources may also be used to help slow the fire's spread. Line is in place along the I-84 corridor from Herman Creek east to Mitchell Point and if conditions permit, firefighters will conduct burn out operations to strengthen that line.

Mop-up is almost complete along the I-84 corridor from Bridal Veil to Warrendale. Crews will now begin focusing their mop-up efforts east toward Cascade Locks. On the southwest and southeast perimeters, contingency line, which primarily follows powerline corridors and roads, is nearly complete. The fire is expected to continue its low intensity burn in Tanner and Big Cedar Springs.

Powerlines serving Cascade Locks from the west have been re-energized following operations to remove snags and complete repairs.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal continues to maintain four structural protection task forces (two working during the day and two at night). These crews are working along with our wildland partners to improve containment lines by supporting burnout operations and patrolling residential areas. As conditions change, these firefighters will be positioned to provide the best protection for homes and other buildings.

Weather is predicted to remain cooler with higher relative humidity and light winds through this evening. Friday and Saturday may present some challenges, with a potential for light east winds and lower relative humidity. A significant rain event is still predicted for Sunday evening and Monday.

Contact Information: Fire Information 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com

Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon

Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 37,567 acres


Cause: Under Investigation Percent Contained: 17

Resources Assigned: 26 crews (5-Type 1, 14-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 46 Engines; 12 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 15 Water Tenders; 934 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/

Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update 13 September 2017 - 09/13/17

Warmer, dry winds picked up yesterday evening, increasing fire behavior. On the Northeast corner, the fire crossed Herman Creek into the Camp Creek drainage about two to three miles south of I-84. It ran approximately three miles to Nick Eaton Ridge with some spots toward Gordon Creek. Firefighters anticipated this potential movement and have been dropping water in the area as conditions permitted, slowing the fire's advance. These efforts will continue today. Crews are also establishing and strengthening contingency lines along the powerline corridor east of Cascade Locks to Shellrock Mountain and from Mitchell Point to Wahtum Lake. These measures are in place to protect communities and the I-84 corridor.

Crews made gains along the I-84 corridor, particularly between Bridal Veil and Warrendale, where more line was completed. Mop up continued on the west end of the fire along with direct line construction on the Southwest side; crews are also scouting powerline corridors to build contingency line in this area. Continued moderate to active fire behavior on the Southeast corner will produce more smoke through the day.

On the Eastern end where the fire has crossed Herman Creek, planners anticipate continued active fire behavior, though cooler temperatures and higher humidity predicted for the remainder of the week should help slow its advance. Still, residents can expect to see smoke from these actively burning areas within the fire's perimeter.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal will continue to place two task forces on both the day and night shifts. These crews will patrol areas with homes and assist with operations along the I-84 corridor.

Weather today is anticipated to be cooler with higher relative humidity and continued westerly flow as a weak disturbance moves over the fire. Weather over the weekend will remain seasonable, with the potential for significant precipitation early next week, which should help firefighters continue to make gains.

Contact Information: Fire Information 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com


Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon


Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 35,636 acres


Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 13


Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory)


Resources Assigned: 25 crews (5-Type 1, 13-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 47 Engines; 10 Helicopters; 9 Dozers; 15 Water Tenders; 898 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/

Eagle Creek Fire - Morning Update 09/12/17 - 09/12/17

Summary:

At approximately 8:00 p.m., skies cleared and burning fuel pockets west of Herman Creek created an impressive plume visible for miles along the Columbia Gorge. The plume was caused by active fire, as light winds funneled up the Herman Creek drainage. With darkness and cooling temperatures, winds were expected to blow the fire back down the drainage across already burned areas. Containment increased to 11%. The spot fires on the west end have been secured.


Last night, fire managers attended community meetings in Troutdale and in Cascade Locks. Teams shared current operational information and updated the community on evacuations and road closures. Resource information on the Eagle Creek Fire was shared with both communities and information officers were on hand to answer questions.


Conditions will dry out overnight along the ridge tops with humidity dropping as low as 20%. It will remain dry in the morning. Winds will be light overnight becoming westerly and gusting 25 to 35 mph as a cold front moves through the fire area. These conditions could result in increased fire behavior, but are not expected to present a threat to Cascade Locks. A cool, moist trend is predicted to continue Thursday and Friday. Fire Behavior Analysts are predicting low to moderate fire behavior. On the high ridges to the south, away from populated areas, the fire will continue burning at low intensity.


Today's plan includes strengthening and holding the containment lines along the I-84 corridor, improving containment lines toward Shell Rock Mountain, and continuing efforts to secure the eastern and southeastern contingency lines. The Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing its work along the I-84 corridor to clear hazards. Fallers are working to clear hazard trees along railroad and power corridors. Helicopter bucket drops are planned for today to cool fire activity in the Herman Creek drainage. Oregon State Fire Marshel crews will continue to work with wildland firefighters by patrolling and providing support along the I-84 corridor. The OSFM mission remains the same: to keep everyone safe and protect structures.

Resources Assigned: 25 Crews (5-Type 1, 13-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 56 Engines; 11 helicopters;

9 dozers; 15 water tenders; 905 personnel.

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/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire Update 11 September 2017 - 09/11/17

Two community meetings will be held TODAY, Monday, September 11:

6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 Halsey Street, in Troutdale and
7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Pavilion in Cascade Lock

The U.S Coast Guard re-opened the Columbia River to all traffic last night at 8 p.m. Firefighters spent a good part of Sunday completing a successful burnout to protect the community of Cascade Locks. The fire is holding at the lower edge of Herman Creek and light winds today are predicted to blow from the east pushing the fire back on itself. Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) crews finished their structure protection and assessment work in the Level One Evacuation area in Hood River County. OSFM crews will continue to operate day and night shifts mainly along Interstate 84. Due to the diminished risk to structures, OSFM has begun to reduce the number of crews assigned to the fire. The OSFM mission remains the same: to keep everyone safe and protect structures.


Heavy smoke obscured a large part of the southern fire perimeter for most of the day yesterday preventing the use of aerial resources. Several helicopters assisted other fires in the area. With the change in winds today, fire managers should be able to get a clear look at the the fire perimeter on the east and south side above the Bull Run Watershed. Firefighters will finish mopping up along the northwestern perimeter today near Cascade Locks after completing a burnout yesterday. Firefighters are almost finished tying together roads and trails to put indirect line from Herman Creek southwest to the southernmost extent of the fire.


The change in the winds and sunnier skies will help firefighters find and extinguish any hotspots that may have been smoldering in the low-lying smoke and moist undergrowth for the last several days. Generally, the weather will allow for increased fire behavior but extreme fire behavior is not expected.

Resources Assigned: 24 Crews (4 Type 1, 13 Type 2, 7 Type 2 Initial Attack); 84 Engines; 11 helicopters; 38 dozers, 9 water tenders, 979 personnel.

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/
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire Evening Update September 10, 2017 - 09/10/17

Two community meetings will be held on Monday, September 11, to share information about the Eagle Creek Fire:

6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 Halsey Street, in Troutdale and

7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Pavilion in Cascade Locks


Summary:

Most of the day's activity was concentrated on the western and eastern edges of the Eagle Creek Fire. Firefighters built direct line (line right along the black edge of the fire) to the south of Bridal Veil. Along the Interstate 84 corridor crews are engaged in mopping up existing cold firelines and burning out small pockets of fuel.

On the east side, work was concentrated around Cascade Locks. Crews did burnouts along the powerline corridor down to Herman Creek to establish a line of defense between the fire and residential communities in Hood River County. Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) crews spent the day supporting the wildland burnout operations at Cascade Locks. Firefighter efforts were supplemented by helicopter bucket drops throughout the day. At lower elevations, the fire has burned almost to the bottom of Herman Creek. Firefighters are doubtful at this time that it will cross the creek. The upper portions of Herman Creek and most of the southern perimeter of the fire have seen little to no movement in the last two days, including the perimeter above the Bull Run Watershed. The minimal fire activity near the Pacific Crest Trail is being slowed by natural barriers on the ridgetops.

There is a warming and drying trend in place which is expected to continue at least through tomorrow and fire activity is expected to increase.
Contact Information: Fire Information 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com
Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon

Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Size: Approximately 33,682 acres

Cause: Unknown
Percent Contained: 7

Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory)

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/

Eagle Creek Fire Update September 10, 2017 - 09/10/17

Summary:

Conditions were calm over the Eagle Creek Fire for most of the day, yesterday. As early smoke and clouds cleared later in the day, fire managers took the opportunity to make aerial observations of the fire. Their flight showed many reasons to be positive about progress being made toward containing the fire. Firefighters continued to close off the western end of the fire near Bridal Veil by strengthening line with burnouts. That burn didn't really take hold until the afternoon hours when it finally got some sun and lower humidity. Much of the southwest side, difficult to reach because of steep, rugged conditions actually burned back on itself throughout the day.


The aerial reconnaissance detected very little smoke in the critical area north of the Bull Run Watershed. The fire continued backing slowly down around the basins on the southeast fire perimeter and good preparation work was done above Lake Branch Road. All along the southeast and eastern flanks of the fire, scouting is underway to tie together a series of roads and trails to create a barrier to the fire's eastern progression without putting firefighters in hazardous conditions encountered during a direct attack. The most active part of the fire yesterday was near Herman Creek; however, the fire has not yet crossed the creek.

Weather is due to change, becoming drier and warmer today and Monday and more active fire behavior is expected as a result. The changing weather conditions will begin to test the hard work firefighters have put in during the break from dry, hot, windy conditions.

Oregon State Fire Marshall (OSFM) structural crews will assist west end of the fire with burnout operations. A structure fire engine and a water tender will be at Multnomah Falls. OSFM crews will also be assisting with burnout in Cascade Locks and performing structure protection in the Level I Evacuation Zone in Hood River.

Personnel Assigned: Type 1 (hot) crews, 12 Type 2 crews and 5 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews; 96 Engines;

10 helicopters; 969 Personnel

Contact Information: Fire Information 541-392-1632 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) or eaglecreekfire2017@gmail.com

Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon

Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 33,382 acres

Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 7

Two community meetings will be held on Monday, September 11, to share information about the Eagle Creek Fire:

6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 Halsey Street, in Troutdale and

7:00 p.m. at the Marine Park Pavilion in Cascade Locks

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/

*Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com

*Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

Eagle Creek Fire - Evening Update September 9, 2017 - 09/09/17

Start Date: September 2, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 33,682 acres
Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 7
Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory)

A Community Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 11 to share information about the Eagle Creek Fire. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Edgefield Amphitheater at 2126 Halsey Street, Troutdale, Oregon.

Summary:
A break in the weather today marked by moderate temperatures, elevated moisture levels and lighter winds has created the environment for good progress on the Eagle Creek Fire. Firefighters conducted a small burnout between Highway 30 and Homer Mill Road. This is part of the strategy to stop the progress of the fire should a change in the winds threaten the western perimeter of the fire.

To the east, firelines along I-84 are being evaluated and improved all the way to Mitchell Point, using bulldozers and specialized heavy machinery including logging equipment.

Today and tonight, crews from Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office continue to patrol areas where the fire is close to structures, while extinguishing nearby hot spots. OSFM crews are also identifying, assessing and assisting with preparing structures within all evacuation zones. Residents may notice that crews are using a marking system in their neighborhoods. These markers help firefighters identify work zones across different crews and shifts.

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/

Eagle Creek Fire Morning Update September 9, 2017 - 09/09/17

Summary:

Winds shifted Friday, blowing predominantly upriver out of the west and increasing fire activity to the east. Two new Level 1 (Ready) Evacuation Notices were issued by the Hood River Sheriff's Department for portions of Hood River County on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters performed a strategic burnout near Cascade Locks to protected endangered residential and commercial structures. They continued to work along Interstate 84 and Hwy 30 using heavy equipment to strengthen firelines and protect structures, avoiding sensitive areas like fish hatcheries. Helicopters were dipping water out of the Columbia River to assist firefighters working south of the Interstate. Helicopters also provided assistance to crews working to contain the Archer Fire in Washington. Overnight, Oregon State Fire Marshall (OSFM) structure protection crews continued to mop up along I-84 and in Corbett while burnout operations were held on the east end. Due to increased moisture in the air and no substantial wind, the fire perimeter remained mostly unchanged overnight.

Weather conditions are expected to be favorable for firefighting activities today with lower temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds. Activities today will emphasize protecting structures along Interstate 84 and Hwy 30. OSFM crews will continue to support burnout operations. They will be completing patrols to extinguish hot spots to the east and maintain containment lines in Cascade Locks. All aircraft are available for use today. Firefighters will be scouting on the eastern side of the fire in Hood River County for natural barriers like roads and trails to create a line of defense for homes the in that area. Preparations are underway for a strategic burnout to protect the community of Corbett on the fire's western edge, however that burnout may be delayed due to the moist conditions expected today. All firefighting efforts are aimed at restoring normal activities along the Columbia River and the Interstate 84/Hwy 30 corridor.

While today's weather is giving firefighters a bit of breathing room, conditions in upcoming days will revert to drier, windier conditions. As always firefighter and public safety are the primary objective while fighting the Eagle Creek Fire.

Resources Assigned: 4 Type 1 (Hotshot) crews, 11 Type 2 crews and 5 Type 2 Initial Attack Crews; 104 Engines;

12 helicopters; 987 Personnel

Location: Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon; originated 1 mile south of Cascade Locks, Oregon

Start Date: September 2, 2017, 6:02 p.m. Size: Approximately 33,682 acres

Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 7

Vegetation: Timber (Litter and Understory)

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

*Highway Closures: https://www.tripcheck.co

*Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

*Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert https://flashalert.net/id/MCSO/107579?alert=1

*Hood River County Sheriff http://www.hoodriversheriff.com

Eagle Creek Fire -- Evening update- September 8, 2017 - 09/09/17

A flight over the Eagle Creek Fire area this morning found fire further east than previously observed. Based on this information, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office has changed the evacuation levels for parts of the county west of Hood River. Some areas were added to the Level 1 evacuation. The Level 2 evacuation east of Cascade Locks was extended to include Wyeth. Please see the Hood River County Sheriff's Office website at www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/ for more details.

On Friday, the burnout operations near Cascade Locks were completed. This created large quantities of smoke, but greatly reduced the danger of the fire's northern progression. Firefighters also successfully burned fuels around a communications tower south of Cascade Locks.

Gusty winds from the west pushed much of the smoke out of the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. This gave residents of Cascade Locks, Stevenson, and North Bonneville clearer air, although smoke was still present in Hood River. Oregon smoke information can be viewed at https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

The cleaner air also gave a view of the mosaic of burned areas on the slopes affected by the Eagle Creek Fire. Some areas contain trees with brown needles or portions of slopes where crown fires consumed most of the foliage and branches from the trees. Other areas within the fire perimeter have green trees. While some of these may die later from damage to their roots, many of these trees should survive, keeping the gorge green.

Eagle Creek Fire - Morning update - September 8 - 09/08/17

Favorable weather helped minimize fire activity on the Eagle Creek Fire overnight. Relative humidity reached 100% in many areas as low clouds moved in as far as the Pacific Crest Trail on Benson Plateau above Cascade Locks. Night crews reported, however, that there was some unmeasured fire growth on the ridge above Cascade Locks. No Infrared imagery was available overnight.

Today, crews will continue with structure protection and will focus efforts on the western, eastern and southern flanks of the fire. As weather allows, more burnout operations are planned to secure fire line near the Bridge of the Gods. This will bring an increase in smoky conditions, but will help in securing the fire's edge.

Fire crews will be working today to remove brush from Forest Road 2030 around the perimeter of the Bull Run watershed as a fire break to protect the drainage.

Yesterday, after the smoke dispersed near the river, helicopters were able to cool down hot spots on the steep terrain near Cascade Locks. There are currently 10 helicopters assigned to the fire that will continue dropping water as weather conditions are suitable for flying.

As of this morning, the fire is holding at 33,382 acres and is 7% contained. 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 will begin removing the first of at least 2,000 hazard trees today that need to be felled before the highway will be safe to re-open.

The Office of Oregon State Fire Marshal has updated the number of structures destroyed by the Eagle Creek Fire to four. One structure was a full time occupied residence. The additional three structures were non-full time residences that were unoccupied. OSFM will continue to assess the areas where the fire burned as conditions allow.

A community meeting was held in Hood River last night with an estimated 615 citizens in attendance. Thousands more followed the meeting through live-stream video.

For real time and current evacuation information, please contact the Multnomah, Hood River, or Skamania County Sheriff's Offices.

Chetco Bar Fire Update, Josephine County September 8, 2017 9 a.m. - 09/08/17

Thursday was wet across much of the Chetco East Zone Fire. After numerous, sometimes intense, showers, some places had received ?1/4 to ?1/2 inch of precipitation. Some sites even received a full inch of rain. "Will this help the fires?" was a frequent, hopeful question voiced by community members. "Every bit of rain helps," said Operations Section Chief Pat Halford. "It temporarily raises the humidity, dampens the fuels, reduces fire activity and slows fire growth." However, the rains were not evenly distributed and, especially in thick brush and under a forest canopy and large dead logs, the rain didn't penetrate or wasn't sufficient to make a difference. The fine fuels will dry out quickly as weather begins to warm again. Firefighters will be taking advantage of this respite to continue their work. They will be attentive to the locations where more active fire potential still exists and the time it will return. Weather will dry out, heat up, and become more windy from Saturday to Monday.

Unfortunately, lightning associated with the rain diverted some of the firefighting equipment and resources to high priority initial attack work. For example, three new fires on the Wild Rivers Ranger District required suppression. Two were controlled at 1/10 acre, but the third (2 acres) was lined and will continue to be worked today. We can't control lightning, but everyone should continue to be careful with fire and their vehicles in order to prevent new fires from starting.

Today's work includes finishing almost all the structure protection planned along the Illinois River Road's Level 3 "Go!" Evacuation Notification corridor. The roof at the Store Gulch Guard Station became too slippery for firefighters applying the last pieces of protective foil fabric, so that work remains. The communication sites at Eight Dollar Mountain and Fiddler Mountain will be further assessed for their protection needs today.

Biscuit Fire containment dozer lines from the California border to Squaw Mountain (about 4 ?1/2 miles west of Hayes Hill) have almost fully received at least one pass of a dozer, which is being followed by fallers removing snags and five 20-person hand crews brushing and cleaning remaining flammable materials away. There's a rocky area above the headwaters of Parker Creek that will be evaluated to see whether it's adequately prepared to block fire. As these projects are completed, containment line re-opening work will be extended to the North.

As containment lines are completed and fire behavior moderates, more direct fireline routes will be sought, from safe anchor points, closer to the areas that are currently burning.

Fire Size: The entire Chetco Bar Fire is about 177,301 acres. No infrared flight was completed last night, but the fire was not actively spreading. It is approximately 8 miles from private land outside the National Forest boundary and communities in Josephine County, east of the fire.

Smoke: Heavy smoke has affected many parts of Josephine County for many days. The rain removed some of the particulates, improving smoke levels one to two categories, such as from "unhealthy" to "unhealthy for sensitive groups" or even to "moderate." Today's smoke level in Grants Pass is forecast as "moderate" indicating that people with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, lung or heart disease, or have had a stroke should limit outdoor activities or do activities that take less effort, such as walking instead of running. Public information about forest fires and smoke conditions is available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures and Restrictions: Many areas and activities are closed or restricted due to current and expected fire activity and hazard. More details are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/ The BLM has closed its trailhead at Eight Dollar Mountain.

In Josephine County, a Level 1 "Ready" Evacuation Notification affects private and BLM land on the west side of Hwy 199 from Hayes Hill to the California border. This action is intended to raise awareness of fire in the vicinity and get people thinking about necessary steps they would take if asked to evacuate. About ten miles along the Illinois River Road from the National Forest boundary located two miles west of Selma to Oak Flat is under Level 3 "Go" Evacuation Notification. Residents were advised to leave this area and it is closed to everyone except firefighting personnel. People can view maps of the current Evacuation Notification areas at http://arcg.is/2vWQ2N. By typing their address into the dark blue line, they can see where their home is located in relation to the current Evacuation warnings.

There is a Community Meeting planned for Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 pm at the Cave Junction High School. People are encouraged to attend to receive an update on fire activity and to talk to fire managers about their strategies and effort.

Chetco Bar Fire Curry County Update September 8, 2017 9a.m. - 09/08/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: Yesterday's weather pattern continues into late morning today. Where it occurred, rainfall and high humidity levels greatly reduced fire activity and growth yesterday and overnight. Smoldering and slow burning continued beneath the forest canopy.


Larger vegetation remains dry though, and as temperatures rise and humidity levels drop again over the next 72 hours, fire activity will pick up. Areas where little activity occurred yesterday may hide burning roots that, when winds increase and humidity levels drop, will spread to nearby receptive fine fuels like grasses, leaves and small twigs.

Yesterday: Poor visibility associated with the weather prevented aircraft (including last night's scheduled infrared flight) from operating. Firefighters on the northwest fire perimeter were successful in getting containment lines around about 75% of the spot fires caused by the winds a few days prior.

With the weather reducing the intensity of the fire, crews working on the western perimeter were able to move in closer to the fire's edge and build more direct containment lines. On the southwest edge, operations continued to hold and improve firelines while at the same time deploying more hose lines to be used in securing those lines. The north side was able to connect and tie in to lines in Josephine County to the east. Scouting and constructing firelines to the south into California continues. The recent rain and high humidity levels delayed implementing strategic burning operations that would consume fuel between the main fire and containment lines; adding depth and strengthening existing lines.

Today: Moderated weather is allowing for further strengthening of containment lines as well as opportunities to move in closer to the fire perimeter, thereby reducing potential impacts to nearby private lands. Firefighters will continue to remove brush and vegetation along containment and contingency lines, and ensure that hoselays are in place and functioning properly. Ongoing efforts include patrols for spot fires, extinguishing areas of heat within spot fires, fireline construction and, where containment lines have been secured by mop-up, fireline repair work (re-contouring lines to mitigate water runoff).

North of the fire at the confluence of the Illinois and Rogue rivers, structure assessment and preparation continues in the community of Agnes.

Air resources remain poised to respond as conditions change.

Oregon State Fire Marshal resources have completed their assigned tasks but are ready to return to the area should the need arise. As humidity levels begin to drop and temperatures begin to rise, vegetation will dry out over the next 24 to 48 hours. Hazards faced by firefighters in the current conditions include: access to wet areas with steep slopes with dirt roads and trees, weakened by fire, are more susceptible to falling as wet soils loosen their hold on root systems.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in Curry and Josephine County and will be evaluated daily. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Shelters: The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is operating a shelter at the Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskiyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/

Chetco Bar Fire Update, Josephine County September 7, 2017 - Revised - 09/07/17

According to an infrared (heat detecting) flight last night, the Chetco Bar Fire is 177,301 acres, an increase of 530 acres from the last measurement. It is generally located in Curry County, but enters Josephine County at the north end of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and at the headwaters of Canyon Creek, south of Babyfoot Lake on the east. The Fire is eight miles west of the National Forest's eastern boundary.

In order to effectively address its current complexity, as of 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 6, the east side of the Chetco Bar Fire is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team #13 as the "Chetco East Zone". This provides the opportunity to focus more efficiently on the local operational mission and give more detailed information to communities of Josephine County such as Selma, Kerby, Cave Junction, Takilma and O'Brien. Extensive cooperation and resource sharing will continue among all the fire managers.

The Chetco East Zone has been divided into Divisions V, W, X, and Y that span from Bear Camp Overlook to the California border.

Current operational work makes deliberate use of successful firefighting strategies from the Biscuit Fire in 2002. Initiated August 31, as the fire started nudging toward the ridgeline that marks the Curry-Josephine County border, current work includes protecting homes and structures along the Illinois Valley Road and constructing fire containment lines well west of the communities along Hwy 199.

There are approximately 40 structures along the Illinois River Road within the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest boundary west of Selma, such as Store Gulch, McCaleb Ranch and Oak Flat. These buildings have been receiving protection from future fire through common "Firewise" strategies such as removing nearby vegetation, firewood, and other flammable items, enhanced with firefighting preparedness techniques such as installing hose lines and sprinklers. Although many of these buildings have received attention in the past, vegetation grows back and improvements were needed. This work is 90% completed, with additional effort planned at Store Gulch today.

Starting September 1, firefighters have been using dozers to construct fire containment lines along the East Zone. Many of these lines are being reestablished on the lines that succeeded in stopping the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Although pieces will be linked in coming days, initial priority was given to installing segments that were most important to immediately protect communities. Accomplishments include:

*Four miles of dozer line were re-opened three miles west of Hwy 199, west of Cave Junction, from Tennessee Pass to Woodcock Creek.

*Two miles of line were opened north from Rough and Ready Creek, followed by 4 miles south from Rough and Ready Creek to Lone Mtn. These pieces were particularly important because, this far south, the Biscuit Fire didn't cross the ridge into Josephine County, and the current abundant heavy fuel loading could create extreme fire conditions which would potentially threaten O'Brien.

*West of Eight Dollar Mtn, approximately 3 miles of both the 016 and 023 roads were brushed out and improved for driving. Having parallel tracks available ensures one route for travel, even if one line is needed for fire control.

*About 9 miles of dozer line and roads were re-opened north from the Illinois River Road at the Siskiyou Field Institute, around Squaw Mtn and Spalding Pond, to meet Road 4105 north of Sixmile Creek.

Today: Five dozers will continue to increase and join the segments of containment line. Fallers remove nearby snags to secure these lines, increasing safety for firefighting efforts and effectiveness of fire barriers. Three 20-person hand crews follow the dozers to ensure that smaller brush gets cleaned away. Aircraft operations have been limited due to weather and smoke. If helicopters can safely fly, reconnaissance of the fire's position and assessing protection needs at Pearsoll Peak Lookout and communication sites at Eight Dollar Mtn and Fiddler Mtn are priorities.

As more containment lines are completed and fire behavior moderates, more direct fireline routes will be sought from safe anchor points, closer to the areas that are currently burning.

Weather and Fire Behavior: Thunderstorms brought widespread rain that briefly cleared the air Wednesday evening. There's a 25% chance of additional wetting rain Thursday, which drops to a 10% chance Friday. Cool weather is forecast with temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s, and humidity over 50%. Winds from the W-NW will generally not be strong (4-8 mph, with gusts to 12 mph). Fire behavior will moderate, but remains variable because rain did not penetrate and wet all parts of the fire and fine fuels such as leaf litter will dry quickly. Short uphill runs can occur where winds and uphill slopes align. Spotting is not expected. The weather will become hotter and drier starting Saturday and Sunday.

Smoke: Heavy smoke has affected many parts of Josephine County for many days.Today's smoke level in Grants Pass is forecast as "very unhealthy" indicating that everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Public information about forest fires and smoke conditions is available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures and Restrictions: Many areas and activities are closed or restricted due to current and expected fire activity and hazard. Full details are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/

In Josephine County, a Level 1 "Ready" Evacuation Notification affects private and BLM land on the west side of Hwy 199 from Hays Hill to the California border. This action is intended to raise awareness of fire in the vicinity and get people thinking about necessary steps they'd take if later asked to evacuate. Ten miles along the Illinois River Road from the National Forest boundary two miles west of Selma to Oak Flats is under Level 3 "Go" Evacuation Notification. Residents were advised to leave this area and it is closed to everyone except firefighting personnel. People can view maps of the current Evacuation Notification areas at http://arcg.is/2vWQ2N. By typing their address into the dark blue line, they can see where their home is located in relation to the current Evacuation warnings.

Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire Update - Thursday, September 7, 2017 -- 10:30 a.m. - 09/07/17

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.

Chetco Bar Fire Update, Curry County, September 7, 2017 9 a.m. - 09/07/17

Approximately 200 people attended last night's community fire briefing in Brookings.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 11PM tonight for northern California and southern Oregon. If the predicted thunderstorms produce excessive rainfall in previous wildfire burn scars, debris flows and/or mudslides may occur in drainages. Expected fire behavior includes surface fire spread and isolated incidences of fire climbing to the tops of individual trees.

The weather pattern will begin to change late Friday with temperatures rising and humidity levels falling through the weekend. Heavy smoke impacts continue for inland communities surrounding the Chetco Bar fire this morning. Cave Junction, Grants and Pass and to the East past Medford remain under dense smoke. Coastal areas such as Brookings and Gold Beach have seen dramatic improvement in smoke levels due to onshore Westerly flow lifting smoke out. Today, thunderstorms, possible rainfall and gusty winds will help to mix out smoke in inland communities. Overall, there is an expected improvement in air quality today.

Yesterday: Weather moderated fire behavior so that less spreading occurred. Task forces worked preparing structures along the California border while crews continue to use the cooler temperatures from the last couple of days to both lengthen and widen control lines and wait for conditions to improve in favor of burnouts along lines south of Mt. Emily. Northwest Team 13 took command of the east side of the fire (in Josephine County) last night.

Today: Firefighters are taking advantage of this break in weather by constructing more fireline as well as clearing brush to strengthen existing firelines below the southwest perimeter of the fire. They are taking advantage of opportunities to build direct fireline where doing so would be effective and can be done safely. Patrolling and mopping up spot fires to prevent their further spread is continuing along the western perimeter as is scouting/building of direct and indirect lines along the north and northeast.

Crews are scouting and preparing firelines for strategic burning operations. Line construction and firebreak enhancement continues below the southwest perimeter of the fire. Patrolling and mopping up of spot fires is continuing along the western perimeter, and scouting/building of direct and indirect lines along the north and northeast is also continuing. Structure protection is continuing in Store Gulch, Oak Flat, McCaleb's Ranch, and Footbridge along the Illinois River valley in Josephine County.

In coordination with the local Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), heavy equipment will continue to be utilized to open previously-used fire lines as part of a containment operation east of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. As visibility and weather allow, aircraft will support firefighters.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in Curry and Josephine County and will be evaluated daily. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Shelters: The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is operating a shelter at the Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskiyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/notices/?cid=FSEPRD558039

Chetco East Zone Fire Update - Wednesday, September 7, 2017 -- 9:00 a.m. - 09/07/17

According to an infrared (heat detecting) flight last night, the Chetco Bar Fire is 177,301 acres, an increase of 530 acres from the last measurement. It is generally located in Curry County, but enters Josephine County at the north end of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and at the headwaters of Canyon Creek, south of Babyfoot Lake on the east. The Fire is eight miles west of the National Forest's eastern boundary. In order to effectively address its current complexity, as of 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 6, the east side of the Chetco Bar Fire is being managed by Northwest Incident Management Team #13 as the "Chetco East Zone". This provides the opportunity to focus more efficiently on the local operational mission and give more detailed information to communities of Josephine County such as Selma, Kerby, Cave Junction, Takilma and O'Brien. Extensive cooperation and resource sharing will continue among all the fire managers.

The Chetco East Zone has been divided into Divisions V, W, X, and Y that span from Bear Camp Overlook to the California border.

Current operational work makes deliberate use of successful firefighting strategies from the Biscuit Fire in 2002. Initiated August 31, as the fire started nudging toward the ridgeline that marks the Curry-Josephine County border, current work includes protecting homes and structures along the Illinois Valley Road and constructing fire containment lines well west of the communities along Hwy 199.

There are approximately 40 structures along the Illinois River Road within the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest boundary west of Selma, such as Store Gulch, McCaleb Ranch and Oak Flat. These buildings have been receiving protection from future fire through common "Firewise" strategies such as removing nearby vegetation, firewood, and other flammable items, enhanced with firefighting preparedness techniques such as installing hose lines and sprinklers. Although many of these buildings have received attention in the past, vegetation grows back and improvements were needed. This work is 90% completed, with additional effort planned at Store Gulch today.

Starting September 1, firefighters have been using dozers to construct fire containment lines along the East Zone. Many of these lines are being reestablished on the lines that succeeded in stopping the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Although pieces will be linked in coming days, initial priority was given to installing segments that were most important to immediately protect communities. Accomplishments include: ?,?

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Today: Five dozers will continue to increase and join the segments of containment line. Fallers remove nearby snags to secure these lines, increasing safety for firefighting efforts and effectiveness of fire barriers. Three 20-person hand crews follow the dozers to ensure that smaller brush gets cleaned away. Aircraft operations have been limited due to weather and smoke. If helicopters can safely fly, reconnaissance of the fire's position and assessing protection needs at Pearsoll Peak Lookout and communication sites at Eight Dollar Mtn and Fiddler Mtn are priorities. As more containment lines are completed and fire behavior moderates, more direct fireline routes will be sought from safe anchor points, closer to the areas that are currently burning.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Thunderstorms brought widespread rain that briefly cleared the air Wednesday
evening. There's a 25% chance of additional wetting rain Thursday, which drops to a 10% chance Friday.Cool weather is forecast with temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s, and humidity over 50%. Winds from the W-NW will generally not be strong (4-8 mph, with gusts to 12 mph). Fire behavior will moderate, but remains variable because rain did not penetrate and wet all parts of the fire and fine fuels such as leaf litter will dry quickly. Short uphill runs can occur where winds and uphill slopes align. Spotting is not expected. The weather will become hotter and drier starting Saturday and Sunday.

Smoke:
Heavy smoke has affected many parts of Josephine County for many days. Today's smoke level in
Grants Pass is forecast as "very unhealthy" indicating that everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Public information about forest fires and smoke conditions is available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Closures and Restrictions:
Many areas and activities are closed or restricted due to current and expected fire activity and hazard. Full details are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/
In Josephine County, a Level 1 "Ready" Evacuation Notification affects private and BLM land on the west side of Hwy 199 from Hays Hill to the California border. This action is intended to raise awareness of fire in the vicinity and get people thinking about necessary steps they'd take if later asked to evacuate. Ten miles along the Illinois River Road from the National Forest boundary two miles west of Selma to Oak Flats is under Level 3 "Go" Evacuation Notification. Residents were advised to leave this area and it is closed to everyone
except firefighting personnel. People can view maps of the current Evacuation Notification areas at http://arcg.is/2vWQ2N. By typing their address into the dark blue line, they can see where their home is located in relation to the current Evacuation warnings.

Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire Update - Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 09/06/17

Fire Update --
Tuesday was a quieter day on the Eagle Creek Fire. The fire did not make large runs or show the extreme fire behavior it did the night before. With the shift to westerly winds, the southeast corner of the fire, near Indian Mountain, became more active with some crown runs. An infrared flight last night mapped the fire at 30,929 acres. The Archer Mountain Fire north of the Columbia River is 112 acres and is being managed by a Washington Department of Natural Resources Type 3 Team.

The historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925, is being protected by Oregon State Fire Marshal's structural firefighters. Several structural engines and one aerial ladder truck have been working with water tenders to keep the lodge wetted down. Visit the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires Facebook page to see pictures of the lodge.

Ian Yocum, Incident Commander with the Oregon State Fire Marshal said firefighters were successful in additional structure protection efforts yesterday. An unused residential structure was found to have burned the night before, along with 4 outbuildings, but no further structures were lost.

Today fire personnel between Bridge of the Gods and Bonneville Dam will be conducting burning operations to remove fuels between the dozer lines and the fire edge near Cascade Locks, starting at 7:30 a.m. This will cause an increased visibility of smoke in the area, but is essential in helping to provide for community and firefighter safety.

Defending private property, historical structures in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the various State Parks in the area and the Bull Run Watershed will continue to be top priorities for firefighters.

I-84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks, snags and other debris the roadway. Oregon Department of Transportation will be working closely with the Unified Command team to determine when it will be safe to open.

The winds have shifted to the west, bringing cooler and moister air to the fire area. The wind shift could push the fire to the east, especially in the higher elevations in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect this afternoon for potential lightning.

For real time and current evacuation information, please contact the Multnomah, Hood River, or Skamania County Sheriff's Offices.

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 6, 2017 - 09/06/17

Join us for a community fire briefing 6:00 p.m. tonight, at Brookings-Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A red flag warning is in effect through Wednesday for abundant lightning in areas of dry vegetation. New fire starts from lighting, along with gusty and erratic winds near the storm area, are a concern. Embers have the potential to carry up to 1/3 of a mile from the main fire. Improved humidity recovery overnight and a 15 percent chance of wetting rain are predicted for today. While the amount of rain forecast may moderate fire behavior, it would not be enough to extinguish the Chetco Bar Fire.

Yesterday: Firefighters took advantage of the cooler temperatures and increased humidity levels that slowed fire spread on Tuesday. Improved air quality on the western flank gave helicopters more opportunities to perform bucket drops, helping to further slow the spread of the fire. Crews have made good progress and have completed the structure preparation work in the Oak Flats in Josephine County. On the western flank of the fire, crews secured spots from previous day's fire runs and continue line prep to the north toward Snowcamp.

Today: Line construction continues; connecting dozer lines and roads into the Pistol River. Firefighters are patrolling for spot fires, providing structure protection and maintaining hoselays along firelines. With the help of Dozers, they are re-establishing containment lines previously used during the Biscuit fire.

As weather and fuel moistures allow, firefighters will strengthen containment lines by using fire to consume ground vegetation between the main fire and containment lines. Considerations factored into decisions about burning include resources available, predicted and current weather, and terrain, along with the type and moisture level of vegetation. If the opportunity presents itself today, firefighters will implement this tactic in the Winchuck drainage.

Cal Fire resources have begun creating contingency lines to the south in California. Resources will continue to prioritize, contain and mop up spot fires to lessen the threat to values at risk.

Northwest Incident Management Team 13 will take command of the east side of the fire tonight at 8:00 pm. Zoning the fire to assign incident management teams to each side will provide opportunities for focused attention in the areas of most concern to communities.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in Curry and Josephine County and will be evaluated daily. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Shelters: The Red Cross evacuation center is located at the Nazarene Church at 1600 Chetco Ave. in Brookings, OR (541)-600-6068. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire Update - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 -- 9:00 p.m. - 09/06/17

After experiencing explosive fire behavior on the Eagle Fire last night, firefighters were successful at holding fire growth to moderate levels during the day. An infrared fly-over has estimated the fire to be 20,000 acres. The Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires have merged together and will be managed as one incident in the future. A spot fire, which spread across the Columbia River early this morning, is approximately 30 acres and is being managed by a Washington DNR Type 3 Team.

Unified command is happy to report that the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925, was saved by Oregon State Fire Marshal's structural firefighters. A task force of structural engines and one aerial ladder truck worked in conjunction with a strike team of water tenders to keep the lodge wetted down during the fire storm of falling embers. Large trees nearby torched and fire crews used hose lines to protect the lodge from heat. Visit the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires Facebook page to see pictures of the lodge.

Ian Yocum, Incident Commander with the Oregon State Fire Marshal said firefighters were successful in additional structure protection efforts. "Firefighters had a good day out there. We lost one small residential structure and four outbuildings. We will continue to patrol and access structural protection needs."

Defending private property, historical structures in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the various State Parks in the area and the Bull Run Watershed will continue to be top priorities for firefighters tonight and tomorrow.

In addition to structure protection, I-84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks, snags and other debris entering the roadway. Oregon Department of Transportation will be working closely with the Unified Command team to determine when it will be safe to open.

East winds are expected to continue tonight, but overall the weather will be calmer than the previous night when substantial fire growth occurred. Temperatures are expected to be cooler tomorrow, but a Red Flag Warning will be in effect in the afternoon for potential lightning. Winds will shift westerly which could propel fire growth to the east of the current fire perimeter.

For real time and current evacuation information, please contact the Multnomah, Hood River, or Skamania County Sheriff Offices.

Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire Update - September 5, 2017 - 09/05/17

Hot, dry and gusty east winds fanned the flames of the Eagle Creek Fire on Monday as the fire moved west. At 1 a.m. this morning, line personnel reported that the temperature was 91 degrees, the relative humidity was 24%, and the winds were sustained from the east at 13--16 miles per hour with gusts to 25 mph.

Four Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office task forces of engines were awakened during the night, at fire camp in Odell and sent to assist with the firefighting efforts. A total of 10 task forces worked through the night to provide structure protection. Additionally, more structural fire resources arrived overnight to be deployed to the line today. There have been no known residential structural losses.

By 2 a.m. the fire had spotted across the Columbia River into Washington. The Washington spot is located near Archer Mountain.

For current evacuation information, residents are encouraged to monitor information from local jurisdictions and media outlets.

I-84 remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks and rolling debris entering the roadway. Washington State Route 14 is open to passenger vehicle traffic, but closed to commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are being routed to Highway 26. Check www.tripcheck.com for road conditions in Oregon and http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts for road conditions in Washington.

Brisk East winds are expected to continue through today. Wednesday is forecasted to bring partial cloudiness with winds switching to westerly 6-8 mph gusting to 15 mph after 1200 with increased relative humidity.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 6 and the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office have formed an integrated team to manage the Eagle Creek Fire and Indian Creek Fire.

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 5, 2017 - 09/05/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: A slight rise in humidity and decrease in temperatures is predicted over the next few days. Winds out of the southwest may help to help clear some of the smoke this afternoon. Moisture is expected to begin moving into the area, becoming more abundant Wednesday into Thursday; however, the potential for thunderstorms is a concern for Wednesday afternoon and evening. The potential for very active fire behavior still exists today, torching and crown runs are possible and spot fires may ignite up to three tenths of a mile from the main fire.

Yesterday: Numerous spot fires were ignited by embers being cast across containment lines. The east side of the fire pushed 4.5 miles to the south and east prompting increased evacuation levels on Illinois River Road. Fire activity on the west flank led to a change from level 2 to level 3 in some areas.

Multiple air resources, including a heavy helitanker, took advantage of the improved visibility to aid firefighting operations. Good progress was made on the Illinois river road and crews wrapped approximately 80 percent of the structures in that area.

Today: Fire resources will continue to promptly identify, prioritize, and suppress or contain spot fires while holding and improving existing containment lines. In addition to fireline construction, the direct and indirect fireline work includes crews and dozers improving, or reopening, fireline that was constructed 15 years ago during the Biscuit fire and improving roads to be used as containment lines.

To stop or slow fire growth, crews may strategically burn the vegetation between the main fire and containment lines. These operations would include careful consideration of terrain, vegetation, and predicted fire weather. Structure protection will continue in the Josephine County Oak Flat area. Two additional Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshall task forces will be arriving to join in structural fire suppression efforts. An incident management team will begin to arrive and will be taking command of the east side of the fire over the next couple of days.

Smoke & Air Quality:

Thick and heavy smoke this morning will again lay low in communities surrounding the Chetco Bar fire. Through today, light Southwest winds will drift smoke inland giving coastal areas a reprieve. In the Brookings and Gold Beach area, moderate smoke impacts are expected by this afternoon before heavy smoke sinks back in overnight tonight. Inland communities, such as Cave Junction will continue to see very heavy smoke through the day and tonight.

Evacuations: In Josephine county, a level 3 evacuation order is in place for all residents on Illinois River road within the Forest Service boundaries, including the Oak Flat community. A level 3 evacuation is also in affect in Curry county along the Carpenterville Road, north of the Cape Ferrelo Road intersection to the Carpenterville Road and Bosley Butte Road intersection. A Level 1 evacuation order has been issued for the residents of the Illinois Valley west of Highway 199 from Hayes Hill to the California state line.

Shelters: The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds is relocating to the Nazarene Church 1600 Chetco Ave in Brookings, OR (541)-600-6068. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 4, 2017 - 09/04/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures have risen above 100 degrees in the fire area over the past two days and the Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through today. Exceptionally dry conditions were observed on the fire yesterday afternoon. This is the fourth day that temperatures, humidity levels, and fuel moisture have aligned to create critical burning conditions, with unstable air favoring active fire behavior. Increased winds predicted for today could result in an uptick in fire behavior and have the potential to carry embers up to four tenths of a mile. Smoke column development is possible especially on the east side of the fire in the brush fuels.



Yesterday: Fire behavior was very active in several areas around the fire perimeter. On the eastern flank, a significant smoke column developed to a height of 23,000 feet in the early afternoon to the south. The fire spotted over Forest Road 1983 and became established in the Wheeler Creek drainage. High temperatures and critically low humidity contributed to the increase in fire behavior. Shifting winds in the afternoon improved visibility, allowing aircraft to support ground operations with water drops on portions of the fire. Crews continued to connect roads, dozer lines and handline to form direct and indirect containment lines.

Well over 500 people attended the community fire briefing in Cave Junction last night. Fire officials described the regional and national fire situation then discussed operations and the strategy for the Chetco Bar Fire.


Today: Firefighters will continue installing sprinkler systems and clearing brush to protect structures in Oak Flats in Josephine County and to the north toward Agness. Crews will seek out and extinguish sources of heat near the containment line (mop-up), and deploy hose along the fire perimeter to be used as fire reaches containment lines or to aid in burnout or mop-up operations.

Focus today will also be on the southwest flank of the fire between Emily Creek and the Winchuck area as north winds push the fire southwest toward containment lines. Crews will continue working to slow the fire spread from the Winchuck drainage.

Smoke & Air Quality: The forecasted northerly wind shift will drift smoke south, impacting Brookings and Cave Junction. Communities to the north and west, such as Gold Beach, are expected to see improving air conditions. This may give aviation further opportunities to engage the fire. Conversely, those same winds can also increase or cause erratic fire activity.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in place in Curry and Josephine Counties. The Red Cross evacuation center is located in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Residents are encouraged to monitor the evacuation map for changes http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Shelters: The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

┬ĚNote: There was no infrared flight last night. Data from these flights is used in verifying fire perimeter and calculating acres burned. Therefore, acreage is an estimate.

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 3, 2017 - 09/03/17

Join us for a Community Fire Briefing tonight at 7 p.m. in Cave Junction at the Illinois Valley High School.

Weather and Fire Behavior: There is potential for very active fire behavior again today. With embers carrying up to three tenths of a mile, significant perimeter growth is possible. The Excessive Heat Warning continues through midday Monday. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect tonight through Monday morning for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and high to very high fire danger all of which are likely to contribute to significant spread of new and existing fires. From the northwestern edge of the fire, firefighters observed temperatures over 100 degrees for more than six hours Saturday afternoon.

Yesterday: With variable and weak winds aloft, smoke dispersion was poor and smoke settled into Brookings and other low areas. While the smoke moderated fire behavior in some areas, when it cleared, activity picked up and a column of smoke rose to 12,000 feet on the east side of the fire.

West of Cave Junction, crews re-opened and cleared brush from firelines used during the Biscuit Fire. On the north, northwest, and southern perimeter, firefighters continued to connect dozer lines with road systems, establishing direct containment lines. Crews performed structural assessments and pulled burnable material away from structures in the Illinois River Valley and Agness areas. A single helicopter flew yesterday, but air resource use was severely limited by smoke.


Today: Finding and extinguishing hot spots along the containment line on portions of the west and northwest side of the fire is an ongoing effort. On the eastern flank, firefighters will re-open old dozer lines southwest of Cave Junction and engine crews will prepare structures by pulling back burnable material and installing sprinkler systems. Firefighters are planning to construct contingency fireline to the south into California. Aircraft utilization is expected to be minimal as pilots are hampered by dense smoke and limited visibility. Oregon State Fire Marshal structural task forces are patrolling and assessing structural properties in the level 2 and 3 evacuation areas.

On the southwest flank of the fire, firefighters continue to check (or slow) southerly fire spread into the Emily creek area. Mop-up is ongoing on the western perimeter while crews continue line construction and potentially some burnout operations to secure Pistol River firelines. Extreme to Hazardous smoke impacts will continue to immerse the communities downwind of the Chetco Bar fire on all sides. Reduced visibility along highways 101, 199, and other local roadways should be expected. Coastal areas such as Gold Beach and Brookings, and possibly Agness, are expected to see some improvement in smoke conditions late in the day as West to Northwest winds begin to drift smoke Southeasterly. Inland communities such as Cave Junction and Grants Pass that sit down valley are expected to remain in heavy smoke through tomorrow.

Evacuations: The level 3 evacuation was decreased to a level 2 for the Mountain Drive area off the north bank of the Chetco. A level 1 "be prepared" evacuation was put in place today for the Oak Flats area in Josephine County.

Closures: Highway 101 remains open, as well as local restaurants, businesses, and lodging establishments in Brookings and Harbor. Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Note: There was no infrared flight last night. Data from these flights is used in verifying fire perimeter and calculating acres burned. Therefore, an update to the fire size is unavailable today.

Chetco Bar Fire Update - September 1, 2017 - 09/01/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: Gusty, offshore winds will continue this morning. The forecast is for critical fire weather and the potential for extreme fire behavior due to low relative humidity and high temperatures with unstable atmospheric conditions. Significant perimeter growth and smoke column development are possible. Winds have the potential to carry embers seven tenths of a mile or more.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather Friday afternoon. There is an Excessive Heat Warning through Labor Day for temperatures significantly above normal.

Yesterday: Active fire growth continued on the north, south and east perimeter. The fire continued eastward into areas previously during the 2002 Biscuit Fire. A smoke column developed on the southeast corner of the fire, rising up to 10,000 feet.

Aircraft dropped retardant and water along the southwest and western portions of the fire. Firefighters continued constructing direct and indirect line along the northwest and south flanks of the fire. Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces finished preparing structures in the Winchuck and Pistol River areas.

Today: On the west and northwest side of the fire, crews continue mopup where fire has been contained while constructing direct and indirect lines northeast toward Snow Camp along the Pistol River. On the south end of the fire, below Emily Creek, crews are securing anchor points, using existing road networks to check fire growth. Tactical patrols on the southwest and western perimeter of the fire continue. Aircraft will assist with suppression work as visibility and weather allow.

On the eastern flank, firefighters are opening fire lines previously constructed during the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Crews will also assess structures along the Illinois River just east of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Smoke production is expected to be significantly today. Light Northeast winds will drift smoke toward coastal areas into Gold Beach, Brookings and far South into NW California. Highway 101 and local roadways will see reduced visibility in
these areas. A light sea breeze later today is expected to give some reprieve to coastal communities this afternoon. In the Agness, Cave Junction, and Grants Pass regions, heavy smoke impacts are expected to remain as smoke from several fires drain into these communities.

Evacuations: At 9:30 PM last night, Curry County Sheriff's Office expanded the Level 2 Evacuation Order to include all areas along Winchuck River Road east of, and including, Peavine Ridge Road.
The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni'Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Closures: There are no closures on Highway 101 through Brookings. Local businesses, restaurants, and lodging establishments in Brookings and Harbor remain open for business. Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Chetco Bar Fire Update - August 31, 2017 - 08/31/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: Gusty, offshore winds will continue into Thursday night and Friday morning while relative humidity falls to very low levels. This will be followed by a prolonged hot and dry spell with poor relative humidity recovery.

The weekend weather forecast indicates critical fire weather and the potential for extreme fire behavior. Significant perimeter growth and smoke column development are possible. Winds have the potential to carry embers seven tenths of a mile.

Yesterday: Several areas of the fire were active on the north, south and east perimeter. The fire pushed eastward toward the Kalmiopsis Wilderness boundary into brushy vegetation north of Pearsoll Peak, in a portion of the area previously burned during the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

Favorable visibility provided opportunities for aerial support as firefighters completed significant work along the northwest and south flanks of the fire. Crews connected old dozer lines and strengthened fire lines directly along the perimeter of the west flank.

Today: Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces continue assessing structures in the Winchuck and Pistol River areas; preparing them for the possibility of fire being pushed into the area by the coming winds.

South of the fire, crews will work on constructing alternate lines and tying in the section where fire crossed Emily Creek. On the northwest perimeter, crews will bring line north to steer fire north and east. A contingent of firefighters will work from a remote camp near Agness; reducing travel time. On the eastern flank, firefighters are looking for opportunities to use fire line previously constructed during the 2002 Biscuit Fire while assessing structures along the Illinois River just east of the Wilderness.

Evacuations: Evacuations are in place in Curry County. They are being continually evaluated and adjusted to reflect developing conditions and resource availability.

Red Cross is moving its evacuation shelter in Gold Beach to the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building at 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Area Closure Information: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Chetco Bar Fire - August 30th Daily Update - 08/30/17

Weather and Fire Behavior: Fog developed overnight and is expected to cover most of the lower elevations of the fire this morning. The resulting cooler temperatures and improved humidity recovery should moderate fire behavior.
Later today, a strong high pressure front will move into the area. The resulting rise in temperatures, coupled with lower humidity and drying winds will increase fire activity. Fire could make its way to the tops of individual or groups of trees and potentially cast embers up to three-tenths of a mile, causing new ignitions (or spot fires). Temperatures will continue to rise this week and increases in fire behavior are anticipated.

Yesterday: The fire was active on the north, south and east perimeter. It pushed several miles to the northeast into the area previously burned by the 2002 Biscuit Fire.
With improved visibility, each of the seven helicopters assigned to Chetco Bar was able to work the fire on Tuesday. On the southern flank, aircraft provided bucket drops in the Emily Creek area. Crews connected most of the contingency line on the southwest/west edge and have been searching for, and extinguishing, hot spots within 25 feet of the fireline. Indirect line construction occurred in the Pistol River area.
Over the course of the incident, Oregon State Fire Marshal crews have assessed 1,222 structures, completed preparation work on 532 structures, and set more than 500 sprinklers.

Today: National Guard firefighters are joining the effort. They will extinguish hot spots that could potentially threaten containment lines between the fire and Brookings. Firefighters will take advantage of the moderated fire behavior early in the day to construct line in advance of the coming weather. This effort includes fireline construction in the areas at risk near Emily Creek and Hog Mountain. Aircraft will assist crews on the ground as visibility permits.

Evacuations: Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place in Curry County. They are being continually evaluated and adjusted to reflect developing conditions and resource availability. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Inciweb interactive evacuation map for changes. This map can be viewed at : http://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=3a60cbe6fc654811a51bce3b66cad6eb

Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation Order Update - August 29, 2017 1200pm - 08/29/17

Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan: "ADDITIONAL AREA"
Based upon current fire behavior, availability of resources and in coordination with the Chetco Bar Incident Management Team, the Curry County Sheriff's Office has reduced the area currently under a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 starting at the western checkpoint on North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and east to the North Fork of the Chetco River, (not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive).
All residences and businesses within the current Evacuation zone described below will be allowed to return.
The area includes residents on the lower portion of Mountain Drive from 17070 -- 17106, Mori Lane, Conta Lane, Yellow Brick Road, Tule Road, Wild Black Berry Lane, Blue Jay Road, Pleasant Hill Drive, Coho Drive 16880 -- 16986 (See North Bank Chetco Level 2 Evacuation map).
All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry County Sherriff's Office Staff to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials from 12pm to 5pm at Ray's Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon.
One re-entry point is established at Da-Tone Rock on North Bank Chetco Road. Residents will present the materials received from the Sheriff's Office at the established re-entry point.
Residents should remain prepared to evacuate in a moment's notice in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animal's home at this time.

More information including maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/#

Chetco Bar Fire Update - August 29 - 08/29/17

Chetco Bar Fire Update - August 29

Weather and Fire Behavior: The trend of warm overnight temperatures and poor humidity recovery has set the Chetco Bar Fire up for another active fire day on Tuesday. Humidity levels are expected to begin climbing this afternoon. Ridgetop temperatures could reach the 90s. Fire burning in the tops of single trees and groups of trees is anticipated, with the potential for embers to fly up to 0.4 miles ahead of the fire. There is a high potential for large fire growth in areas where wind and terrain align.

Yesterday: While shading from smoke helped moderate fire activity Monday, it also presented challenges to aerial attack due to poor visibility. In the afternoon, smoke cleared enough that helicopters were able to work the northwest edge of the fire to support of crews and heavy equipment. The most active burning occurred in the Emily Creek drainage, the East Fork of the Pistol River and along the eastern flank in the Kalimiopsis Wilderness.

Today: Reported 5% containment is on the fire's west edge. Crews will continue scouting for and constructing primary and alternate containment lines and setting up hose-lays and water sources to be used in securing those lines. Constructed fireline includes a mix of line directly along the edge of the fire and some that is further from the fire's edge in strategic locations. Firefighters will scout for and build direct and indirect lines along the north and east perimeter.
The risk to the Brookings area has diminished enough that larger structural engines are no longer needed. Chetco Bar Fire's Unified Command continues to utilize structural task forces that have the smaller engines. Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office is working on a re-engagement plan with local fire departments and districts to be prepared with structural resources should conditions change. Additional structural resources will be demobilized as the threat to structures diminishes. Our mission to protect the community and surrounding area remains the same.

120 National Guard firefighters are coming to assist with mop up operations on the fire's western perimeter.
Evacuations/Closure Information: Residences within parts of the Level 3 evacuation zone starting at the junction of Shady Lane and South Bank Chetco Road east, and including Freeman Rock and Salmon Run Golf Course have been reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation.

Chetco Bar Fire Update 28 August 2017 - 08/28/17

Weather: Critical fire weather conditions will continue today. Extreme fire behavior is anticipated. Dry and unstable conditions will lower humidity into the night and the unstable air could lead to more lift and ventilation over the fire. "This means people may see smoke columns forming," said Noel Livingston, Incident Commander.

Yesterday: Chetco Bar Fire burned toward Hog Mountain to the northwest, Snow Camp Trailhead to the north and above Emily Creek to the south.
As smoke cleared in the afternoon helicopters dropped water to slow fire progression; helping firefighters who were working to hold fire within containment lines and build additional direct and indirect containment line.

Firefighters and heavy equipment worked to connect existing roads and dozer lines south and west of the fire. Crews also continued to assess buffer zones around houses and clear brush as needed to protect homes. They have moved into the Pistol River and Winchuk areas.
Due to very active fire behavior on the southwest side of the fire, Curry County Sheriff's Office expanded and heightened evacuation levels for some residents. Evacuation information is online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/.
With 80 degree temperatures and 20% relative humidity, Chetco Bar Fire burned actively overnight and crews worked spot fires on the west and south perimeter.

Today: Firefighters will use an infrared heat sensing device to locate, then suppress hot spots near the fire's perimeter. As visibility and weather conditions allow, helicopters and aircraft will drop retardant and water to help slow the fire's spread.

Crews will continue to construct direct dozer and handline, install and maintain hoselays, and scout for opportunities to extend containment lines north and south of the fire. Planned containment lines incorporate existing roads, sparsely vegetated ridgetops, and previously burned areas, including the 2002 Biscuit Fire. A structure protection group will continue to reduce fuels surrounding homes, install and maintain hose lays.

Basecamps for Chetco Bar Fire will consolidate into a single location on Oceanview Drive.
Evacuations/Closure Information is online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39102


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Chetco Bar Fire Update 27 August 2017 - 08/27/17

Community Fire Briefing Tonight, Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Fire managers will provide an update about operations on the Chetco Bar Fire. This community fire briefing will be held at the Brookings-Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Road, Brookings, Oregon.

Weather and Fire Behavior: A "Red Flag" warning has been issued for the Chetco Bar Fire area through Monday. The designation "Red Flag Warning" means "that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Gusty winds, low humidity or dry, unstable conditions will create the potential," according to the National Weather Service. For the Chetco Bar Fire area, the warning includes gusty, erratic winds, low relative humidity, particularly at higher elevations, and unstable atmospheric conditions which could lead to fire spreading through the tops of trees and the potential for plume dominated fire growth.

Very heavy smoke impacts are expected today in regional communities surrounding the Chetco Bar Fire. For information about smoke and air quality in the Chetco Bar Fire area, visit: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/ChetcoBar#Overview

Yesterday: While there was little wind to influence fire growth, aerial support was hindered by poor visibility from the smoke staying in place over the fire area. Most active burning on the fire occurred on the northern portion, with the smoke column reaching 20,000 feet in the Johnson Butte area. There was also active fire in the Tin Cup area and around the East Fork of the Pistol River.
Firefighters built and improved both direct and indirect fireline, scouted for opportunities for alternate firelines and improved roads to be used as firelines. They continued with structure protection efforts, including installing and maintaining hoselays, thinning and pulling flammable materials back from homes and structures.

Today: Crews will continue to strengthen and mop-up containment lines on the southwestern corner of the fire. To the north and south, crews are scouting for, and building direct and indirect fireline using existing roads, ridgetops that are sparsely vegetated and previously burned areas. Structure protection efforts continue, focusing on reducing fuels around homes. The structure protection group is also installing hoselays and sprinkler systems.

Evacuations/Closure Information: The Curry County Sherriff's Office decreased the evacuation level yesterday for residences in a level 3 evacuation zone starting at Henderson Road and Carpenterville Road north to Cape Ferrelo Road and east and west off Carpenterville Road, homeowners will be allowed to return to their homes. More information, including the re-entry process, is available at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39102. A map, showing Level I, II and III evacuation areas can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/ChetcoBarEvac. The Red Cross is operating a shelter at Riley Creek Elementary, 94350 6th St., Gold Beach, Oregon.