This is the final fire briefing from Rick Miller. We have experienced periods of rain which began yesterday afternoon and continued through the night into today which has helped significantly in reducing the fire impact. The Hood River Sheriff's department just lifted all evacuation notices for the Hood River Valley. For the residents of Cascade Locks they remain on a level 1 evacuation notice. Yay for precipitation! ... See MoreSee Less
Here is the final video briefing from Operations Section chief Rick Miller. The fire, as of last night, was 43,387 acres and 32% contained. There are 626 personnel on the fire. To read a transcript of this briefing continue below:
Good morning, Rick Miller with your operations update today. Today I'm going to start with the Archer Fire over here. I've been remiss in giving you much information on that. So, the Archer fire on the Washington side in the last several days, that fire has not grown, has not shown any smoke and we have been working on suppression repair efforts. And what that means: any of our dozer lines, hand lines that we put in, we're trying to make sure that we put water bars and such in there so that we do not lose soil. And so that's what suppression repair has been looking like for us. So that fire is looking really good.
Coming around to the Eagle Creek Fire, starting over here on the west end, yesterday we had clear skies and no rain for most of the day, so until the rain started we continued to strengthen our lines, mop up and do suppression repair on our dozer lines and hand lines out there. Coming all the way up the highway corridor, same with that yesterday. No activity until we got clear up here on Shellrock Mountain. Shellrock Mountain, the fire continued to back down to the interstate on the east side and in fact there was a rollout of debris and logs that were coming down and impacting the eastbound lane in there. Fire was very visible from the highway. We did run some helicopters to slow the fire down from reaching the interstate yesterday. That was effective. [We did] suppression repair on all of our handlines through all that. One thing I noticed in the morning when there was still sunshine and no rain, the upper headwaters on the east side of Herman Creek were pretty active, and that continued till about one o'clock in the afternoon, and the RHs (relative humidity) came up and that died down.
Then the rest of the way out here on our indirect line piece, the folks worked on suppression repair. They were prepared to do any kind of firefighting efforts in the event it was needed, and it was not. So, big story yesterday starting about three o'clock in the afternoon, we got a lot of assistance in the form of rain. Decent rain amounts across the entire fire, more so on the west side, but enough to really knock the smoke out of it and knock the threat of further growth in the near term and so we're pretty comfortable with the predicted weather for the next several days we will not have any firefighting efforts, mostly on the repair side. So, with all of that and the outlook with the weather this will be my last update as we transition out of here, our team. End of report. [NOTE: another team will be transitioning in to take over the Eagle Creek Fire before the current team departs.]
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I look forward to seeing everyone today for our annual meeting! We are going to have our ever popular bingo, dancing, dance contest, and we have tons of cool prizes! Come hang out with us! ... See MoreSee Less
Annual Mtg At Blue Mountain Conference Center (La Grande)
September 16, 2017, 11:00am - September 16, 2017, 4:00pm
11:00 Get acquainted
12:45 Business meeting
Welcome by Zee Koza
Activities: Board Member introduction and remarks
Announce Board election results
Community meeting tomorrow at HRHS for those who are in the area and are maybe not going to our annual meeting/party tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less
We'll be hosting a Community Meeting tomorrow, Saturday September 16th at noon, at the Hood River Valley High School. #EagleCreekFire Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - U.S. Forest Service Hood River County Sheriff's Office Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Oregon Department of Transportation The Forest Service-Mt. Hood National Forest
We are seeing some spread into the Shellrock Mtn/Wyeth area as the fire has moved East and South towards Wahtum Lake. I am continuing to hear reports that the air quality in The Dalles and further east is very poor. So if you don't have to go outside today it would be best to stay indoors. We are continuing to check in with impacted individuals but please don't hesitate to contact us if you need anything. ... See MoreSee Less
Rick Miller, #EagleCreekFire Operations Section Chief provides an update on yesterday's fire behavior and operations, as well as information on today's planned operations.Continue reading if you would like to read a transcript of this briefing.
Video Briefing Transcript
Good morning, Rick Miller here with your operational lupdate for the day. Yesterday was a pretty active fire day. And I'll start with the fire activity and where the fire ended up after yesterday's burn period and last night's, and then go into what we've done. The majority of the growth that transpired was out here on the east end, all within the kind of gorge steep sloped area yesterday. So the fire has made it into Lindsey Creek pm the east side and is perched up right above Shell Rock and was very active all day, most of the night, as well as it is backing down the slope toward Wyeth, if you're aware of where that's at. Fire has reached the powerlines right above Wyeth as of about an hour ago [6:30 a.m.] and so the majority of the growth yesterday was all that country burning. Coming around to the jsouththere continued to be some growth up by Wahtum Lake, pretty slow moving not major growth and then up into the headwawters of Eagle Creek tht continued to march along ery slowly and in Tanner Creek same story there, slow growth there to the south, nothing major. And then coming around over here towards the Multnomah Falls headwaters there was one piece that had some pretty good activity in it, that's Bell Creek that sits right out here somewhere, it's stillon the steep slopes over the Gorge,hasn't made it up to the flats to the south yet. So that was a majority of the growth.
As far as what we did yesterday we had really good success over here on the west end both on the corridor of 84 and out here on the south side going going direct and mopping up. Coming down 84 all the way to Cascade Locks really good success making that that's all tucked in nomore growth in there. An then right around Cscade Locks we did a lot of preparation along the powerlines from Cascade Locks to Shell Mountain with the anticipation of doing some burnout operations in there today.
Then coming up the 84 corridor up to Mitchell Point, nothing along the highway. No reason to do anything in there today. But we had a lot of our horsepower coming off of Mitchell Point coming up to our indirect line coming out toward Mt. Defiance. And all that is in the effort to make sure that fire does not get into the Hood River area out here. So a lot of work out here. Plans for burnout in here along the powerline corridor and if we have to do burnout operations on our indirect line to make sure that it holds we'll do that today We're not completely aticipating that, but we're planning for it. End of report.