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Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/2017 Indian Creek Fire Update

Indian Creek Fire Update
Friday, August 4, 2017    10:00 a.m.
Location:  Approximately 20 miles west-southwest of Hood River, Oregon in the
Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest
The Indian Creek Fire is a suppression fire with a confine strategy and is currently mapped at 83 acres.  A U.S. Forest Service National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team, under the leadership of Michael Quesinberry continues to manage the fire.
Yesterday, the Type 1 (heavy) helicopter continued dropping water on the fire, focusing on three persistent smokes on the western flank.  Bucket drops are being used to reduce forward progression of the fire and control growth.  The fire is not spreading rapidly and continues to smolder and creep on the forest floor.  Firefighters scouted for contingency lines and monitored fire behavior throughout the day.  Management objectives are to keep the fire within the current area of: west of Eagle Creek, north of an unnamed drainage near the fire perimeter, south of Opal and Eagle Creeks, and east of Opal Creek. 
The helicopter will continue to provide aerial support with bucket drops today.  Firefighters will progress with their work to identify potential contingency lines as well as take hourly weather observations and monitor fire behavior.  Firefighter, aviation, and public safety on the Indian Creek Fire continues to be the highest priority.
With the weekend approaching and the potential for new fire starts, we urge forest visitors to help prevent forest fires by doing the following:
·         Do not leave your campfire unattended – even for a moment.
·         Ensure your campfire’s ashes are 100% cold prior to calling it a night or leaving the site.
·         Do not drive your vehicle over dry grasses or other burnable material.
·         Smokers are asked to either smoke in a vehicle or in an area cleared to mineral soil.
·         Hood River County has a burn ban in place.
The Pacific Crest Trail is open. The northern portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440 off of Interstate 84 is open for 4.8 miles. Water is available for PCT hikers at Indian Springs but not Wahtum Lake.  No camping is allowed within the closure area. A map and full listing of closures can be found on the Inciweb website, listed below. 
Websites:  Indian Creek Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/
Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/mthoodnf

Fire Information
Indian Creek Fire

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