All Eagle Creek Fire evacuations lifted in Multnomah County
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Last updated Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
TROUTDALE, Ore. Effective immediately, all Eagle Creek Fire evacuation orders in Multnomah County have been lifted, the sheriff’s office announced Monday afternoon.
Access to the Dodson, Warrendale, Bridal Veil, and Latourell is limited to residents only, due to road closures on both the Historic Columbia Highway and eastbound Interstate 84. Residents are asked to report to the Troutdale Police Community Center for instructions and permits to access closed roadways.
“A combination of successful firefighting efforts and recent rains has allowed fire crews to continue making progress on the fire lines along the west side of the Eagle Creek Fire,” said Lt. Chad Gaidos.
Evacuation notices in the Hood River Valley have also been lifted. Level 1 notices remain in place for the Cascade Locks area, as well as Wyeth and Viento, due to the flash flood advisory.
The Breitenbush Hot Springs and Breitenbush Summer Homes will remain at a level 3 (Go!) evacuation level because of the risk of thunder and lightning.
The rain may be helping crews fighting the wildfire, but the recent rain could also present new challenges,
including an increased chance of landslides.
The latest KGW forecast says Portland and the Columbia Gorge could receive between 1 and 2 inches of rain accumulation by the middle of this week. Geological Survey said the burn areas are highly susceptible to landslides. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen but the likelihood does increase,” he said.
Firefighters focused over the weekend on preparing for the rain, fortifying fire lines, removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to reduce erosion along the fire lines.
Nearby residents also said they were glad to see the rain move in. rain is taking the smoke out. So that cool,” said neighbor Leon Alec. “That feels way better because you can breathe.
Watch: Time lapse of fire growth
The Historic Columbia River Highway is also still closed and has no schedule to reopen. ODOT said rocks and trees are still falling onto the highway and it is not safe for travel.
On the Washington side of the gorge, trucks over 10,000 pounds are prohibited from driving between Washougal and Dallesport on State Route 14 due to the fire. The ban on large trucks will remain in place until I 84 is open.
The Archer Mountain Fire, which started in Washington when the Eagle Creek Fire jumped the Columbia River, is 100 percent contained, fire officials said.
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There were no changes to evacuation orders on Saturday. The most recent evacuation notices in Multnomah County came on Friday when all Level 3 evacuation orders were downgraded to Level 2. Some areas of Hood River remain under Level 3 evacuations that were put into place Thursday after fire activity increased on the east end Wednesday night.
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Four houses have been destroyed by the Eagle Creek Fire. People lived year round in one of the houses. The other three houses were part time residences.
People who evacuated their homes were staying in two temporary shelters, at the Harvest Christian Church Troutdale and at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington.
“It clear that fire has hit our state like a wrecking ball, Wyden said.
Photos: Fire in Gorge
The fire is the top wildfire priority in the country, according to fire officials. One third of all acres burning in the West are in Oregon, Wyden said.