Eagle Creek Fire Activity Reduces With Rain

Rain is reducing fire activity on the Eagle Creek Fire, even though the containment level remains at 32 percent.   In a morning video briefing, operations chief Rick Miller said starting Sunday afternoon they received good amounts of rain throughout the fire area.  Work has now been focused on removing unneeded equipment and building water bars to mitigate erosion along fire lines.  Lines are well secured on the southwest corner and along the I-84 corridor to Wyeth.  Contingency lines along the south and east sides remains in place, though no significant additional growth is expected on the fire given predicted weather.  Even with rain, smoldering and creeping fire can be expected within the fire perimeter for some time, and smoke will continue to be visible.  Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but fire managers say an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line.

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