Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Expands Eagle Creek Fire Evacuation Advisories (Updated With More Information From Sheriff Matt English)

Due to increased fire activity on the east end of the fire, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is making two changes to evacuation levels. This new Level One area runs from Collins Road in Dee at the south end to I-84 on the north end, and includes all areas west of the following lines: Country Club south to Reed Road, running due south to Hwy. 281, continuing along 281 to milepost 12.5, then following the Middle Fork of the Hood River until it comes parallel with the south end of Collins Road.  Level One means people should be ready for potential evacuation, and should plan for what they might need to take with them. A map has been created and will be distributed for zones A4, A5, and A6. The Sheriff’s Office says no structures are under immediate threat from the fire. The current Level Two evacuation area on the north-east half of Cascade Locks is being extended east to Viento State Park, staying along the I-84 corridor, and now includes the Lost Lake Resort area that had previously been under Level One. This includes the In-lieu site and the whole area of Wyeth. Level Two means that people should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Click here for an extended map of the evacuation zones. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English says the decision to increase the evacuation level in the County was made after evaluation of imaging received from a flight over the fire this morning.  Active fire was observed across the top of Wooly Horn Ridge, east of the last reported location of the fire.  There were also spot fires noted around Hicks Lake, which is east of Chinidare Mountain.  This information was evaluated by the Sheriff’s Office, who then made the call to initiate the warning.  English says safety is the number one priority, so they wanted to give people plenty of time to start thinking about it, and the new Level 1 areas in the valley are precautionary, but there is no imminent threat. English did say the new Level 2 areas are based on the west winds that have been strong today, and are a more immediate action to be ready to go if necessary.

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