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Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6/2017 Indian Creek Fire Update

Indian Creek Fire Update

Wednesday, August 6, 2017    10:00 a.m. 

The 83-acre Indian Creek Fire is a suppression fire using a confine strategy.

A break from the extreme temperatures experienced a couple days ago, while not a “cooling trend”, has reduced the rate of drying in the forest. Yesterday’s fire behavior was limited to creeping and smoldering. Firefighters stated that the volume of smoke observed first thing in the morning was the least amount of smoke they had seen in several days.

The work of the firefighters remains the same as the past several days. The helicopter water drops will continue to keeping the fire’s growth in check. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire and weather throughout the day from Indian Mountain. An additional focus for firefighters is scouting out locations for fire line in the event that the fire becomes more active.

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail remains open. This is the time of year that many hikers doing the full 2,650 mile trail reach the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on their way to Manning Park in Canada. These “thru hikers” have expressed their appreciation of the trail remaining open to firefighters. They are having to be more strategic in the hike through the Hatfield Wilderness given the camping and water access restrictions related to the fire. With the amount of wildfire in the Western USA, PCT hikers should be check for updated trail closures on the PCT throughout their journey.

Eagle Creek Trail’s lower reaches continues to be busy with weekend hikers. The northern portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440 off of Interstate 84 is open for 4.8 miles. Several trails are closed. A map and full listing of closures can be found in the websites below.

Fire information and related closure:
Indian Creek Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5403/
Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/mthoodnf 

For general recreation information:

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/crgnsa/recreation
Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: http://facebook.com/mthoodnf

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