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Crews establish fire lines, have Eagle Creek Fire 5 percent contained

Posted September 7

— The Eagle Creek Fire has been five percent contained and crews have fire lines near Cascade Locks and Bridal Veil.

The fire has burned more than 30,000 acres, and Interstate 84 is still closed between Troutdale and Hood River, with no estimated time to reopen.

While the highway remains shut down, the U.S. Coast Guard plans to reopen access to the Columbia River to commercial ships at night, and Union Pacific has been able to move seven trains through the Columbia River Gorge.

State and local officials will hold their next information briefing on the fire Thursday at 9 a.m., and there will be a community meeting in the theater at Hood River Valley High School at 6 p.m.

There are now 928 fire personnel working on the fire, many of whom are camping out in the Hood River County Fairgrounds.

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Several schools in the affected areas are still closed, including those in the Corbett and North Wasco County school districts in Oregon and the Skamania School District 2 in Washington.

There have been no new evacuation orders issued for the fire as of Thursday morning.


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