Firefighters battling Eagle Creek Fire prepare for changing weather

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With changing weather expected for Monday, more than 900 firefighters are preparing for winds from the east on Monday. Fortunately, the wind is not expected to be as strong as the gusts the Columbia River Gorge first saw when the fire began.

As the Eagle Creek Fire first started, wind from the east caused it to grow rapidly and pushed thick smoke into Portland. As the temperatures cooled over the weekend, and with help from some rain, the fire did not grow much.

“Our crews have been working with our wildland partners on both the west and east side of the fire. From Cascade Locks all the way along the I-84 corridor to Bridal Veil and Corbett to help create those containment lines,” said Rich Tyler from the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s office.

With higher humidity and fairly light wind over the weekend, smoke was mostly contained to the areas surrounding the wildfire. At this time, evacuations are said to still be in place. Hit the link here for an interactive evacuation map.

Interstate 84 is to also remain closed for the rest of the week. It’s been reported I-84 will not be reopened until it’s been deemed safe from falling trees and rocks.

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