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Monday, August 7, 2017

8/7/2017 Indian Creek Fire Update

The Indian Creek Fire is currently 83 acres.

Long Range Strategy and Outlook:
The Indian Creek Fire will be putting up smoke until a fire season ending weather event occurs which is typically in October. The helicopter bucket drops have been highly effective in keeping the fire in check. Firefighters are using a confine strategy to suppress this fire. This means that instead of firefighters digging fire line directly adjacent to the fire edge, firefighters confine the fire at a location where it can be done safely, where the likelihood of success is greater and where key resources can be protected.

While firefighters are known for working in steep terrain and remote locations, the location of this fire is not a safe place to put them. Visitors who have hiked Eagle Creek Trail are familiar with how dramatic the terrain is. The terrain is steep with drop-offs. When the logs and duff on these slopes burn, the rocks and logs roll downhill creating a hazard for firefighters. They need to have an escape route and safety zone which do not exist there. Hence, a confine strategy is being used to suppress this fire.

Increased Fire Prevention Needed By Forest Visitors:
Over the last few weeks, firefighters on the Mt. Hood National Forest have been putting out an average of two abandoned campfires a day. These have been outside of developed campgrounds. A wildfire was reported in the Old Maid Flat area on Mt. Hood’s west side last Thursday that was eventually controlled at one acre. The fire occurred in an area that is popular for dispersed camping. Please ensure your campfires are out cold.

The Mt. Hood National Forest is evaluating the need for public use restrictions regarding campfires outside of developed campgrounds. Before heading out to the forest, be sure to check and see if any new restrictions are in place.

Trail & Area Closure:
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail remains open but there are restrictions in the fire area so hikers should plan their travel strategically. The northern portion of Eagle Creek Trail #440 off of Interstate 84 is open for 4.8 miles. Several other trails are closed. A map and full listing of closures can be found in the websites below.
Fire information:
Indian Creek Fire Inciweb:

Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook:

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