Tuesday ‘a big test’ in fighting Eagle Creek Fire

Tuesday wind forecast a slight concern; fire now 11% contained

The Eagle Creek Fire flares up in Cascade Locks on September 8, 2017. (KOIN)
The Eagle Creek Fire flares up in Cascade Locks on September 8, 2017. (KOIN)

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — The Eagle Creek Fire is 11% contained as of Tuesday morning, officials said.

The blaze has spread to 35,588 acres but crews were still optimistic about containment.

West winds were a slight concern on Tuesday but cooler, moist weather was expected through the end of the week, which will help crews.

“This afternoon will be a big test,” Lt. Damon Simmons said.

“We may seem some increased smoke, some increased heat in some of those hot spots, but as long as the fire’s not spreading, we’re okay with that,” Simmons said.

Jim Whittington of Incident Management said the fire won’t be 100% contained until the Gorge sees “significant winter weather.”

Spot fires on the west end of the blaze have been secured despite dry conditions in the area.

There were still 25 crews battling the blaze, including 56 engines, 11 helicopters, 9 dozers, 15 water tenders and 905 personnel.

I-84 remained closed but the Oregon Department of Transportation was working to reopen the west bound lanes.

The Archer Mountain Fire in Skamania County was expected to be fully contained by the end of the day Tuesday.