Indian Creek Fire Now At 324 Acres

The Indian Creek Fire in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness west of Hood River was much quieter Wednesday than in recent days.  Although the fire continued to burn actively in several places, it did not make a big run or gain much acreage.  An infrared flight early this morning shows the fire is now 324 acres in size.  No spot fires were found east of Eagle Creek or west of a small, unnamed drainage to the northwest of the fire.  A smoky inversion covered most of the fire Wednesday, limiting aircraft operations.  The weather forecast for today and Friday is for cooler temperatures and higher humidity.  Fire personnel hope the change in the weather and aerial applications of water will cool many of the remaining hot areas.  In the interest of public safety, more of the Eagle Creek Trail has been closed.  The new trail closure is at High Bridge, 3.3 miles south of the Eagle Creek Trailhead near Interstate 84.  Punch Bowl Falls will remain open.

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