FOR UP-TO-DATE AIR QUALITY READINGS VISIT THE WEBSITE:http://aqicn.org

TODAY'S READING AS OF 7AM IS AT 32 WHICH RATES AS "GOOD"

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE

2017

BEST OF SHOW

WINNER

Rick Baumgarten of White Salmon &

"Baumers Customs"

AND HIS 

1946 CHEVROLET STYLEMASTER

 

 REGISTRATION AND MAP

 

 Cousins Country Inn

The Dalles Inn 

Fairfield The Dalles

 

thedalleschamber.com 

 

 

  Our Town

 

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FIRE UPDATE

EAGLE CREEK FIRE MORNING UPDATE 18 SEPTEMBER 2017


News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: September 18th, 2017 9:52 AM
 

 

Eagle Creek Fire Size: 48,387 acres 
Eagle Creek Fire Containment: 32% 

Archer Fire Size: 260 acres 
Archer Fire Containment: 100% 

Summary 

Rain began falling across the fire late Sunday afternoon, reducing fire activity. Earlier in the day gusty west winds did increase fire behavior in some areas, especially on the east side of Shellrock Mountain where bucket drops were used to cool hot spots. A column of smoke was also visible as fire burned slowly south in the Herman Creek drainage. 

Firefighters were ready to engage where necessary, but spent most of the day preparing fire lines for rains predicted this week. Work included 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. All 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. Smoke will continue to be visible. 

Resources will be released from the fire over the next several days, but an adequate number of crews will be retained to continue patrols and other work along the fire line. Fire managers will monitor conditions to ensure they are safe for firefighters. Crews may be moved from the line to safe locations if conditions warrant. 

Both the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt. Hood National Forest have issued signed closure orders for areas within and surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire. We want to emphasize the importance of adhering to these closures and not attempting to enter a closed area. Rolling rocks, falling trees, and loose soil resulting from the rain make it hazardous to travel within these areas. You put yourself and first responders at risk if you breach a closure. 

The Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Washington is 100% contained. Equipment back-haul and fire line repair will continue today. 

A cold front moved over the fire Sunday night, bringing significant precipitation. Showers, heavy at times, are predicted Monday and Tuesday, with another significant front moving over the fire Wednesday. As precipitation falls across the fire new hazards may emerge, including falling rock and trees on steep slopes and cliffs. If heavier precipitation hits later this week, debris flows are possible in smaller streams and channels. 

Resources Assigned: 16 crews (1-Type 1, 8-Type 2, 7-Type 2 Initial Attack); 23 Engines; 7 Helicopters; 2 Dozers; 3 Water Tenders; 626 Personnel 

Additional fire, closure and evacuation information can be found at: 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EagleCreekandIndianCreekFires2017/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaglecreekfire 
Oregon Smoke Information: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ 
Multnomah County Sheriff Flash Alert: https://www.flashalert.net/id/MCSO 
Hood River County Sheriff: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/news/breaking-news/ 
Road Closures: https://tripcheck.com 
Firewise Information: http://www.firewise.org/

UPDATE: HOOD RIVER EVACUATION NOTICE -- SEPT. 18TH, 2017


News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 18th, 2017 12:04 PM
 
Downloadable file: NOTIFICATION_ZONE_ALL_COUNTY.pdf
HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Based on the current weather patterns and the corresponding changes in fire behavior, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office is downgrading evacuation levels for the Hood River Valley. 

The Hood River Valley will have all evacuation levels lifted. This means zones A4b, A5, A6, A7, B4, B5, B6 and B7 return to normal, pre-fire status. Due to the flash flood advisory for the I-84 corridor, exit 56 all the way west to the county line will remain on Level One notice. This means that the Cascade Locks area, as well as Wyeth and Viento, need to remain ready for the possibility of evacuation. Residents and travelers should also be aware of the potential dangers associated with the flash flood advisory. Vigilance should be maintained, as rocks, trees, and debris could threaten the roadway and some populated areas. 

All evacuation notices for the public lands around Lost Lake are being lifted. However, all Hood River County Forestlands, Roads, and Trails are closed, as are all U.S. Forestlands north of Mt. Hood and west of Highway 35. Recreational use on these lands is prohibited at this time. Anyone found in this area could face citation, and anyone who enters these areas in violation of the closure may not receive search and rescue assistance if needed. 

The latest information on evacuation levels continues to be found at hoodriversheriff.com and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The information lines are 541-387-6911 (English) and 541-387-7080(Spanish).

 Underground Specialties (541) 296-0119

 Starting Monday September 18th - Underground Specialties will be working on Cherry Heights Rd between W 6th St and W 8th St on the north bound lane. All lanes will be open with shoulder work.

 

 

Please observe all traffic control and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please call Underground Specialties at 541-296-0119

 

 

 
 

 

HAPPENINGS IN THE GORGE 

  

NEHEMIAH BROWN on Friday, Sept. 22nd 12:30 during Meals-on-Wheels dinner at The Mid Columbia Senior Center

Nehemiah Brown will be returning to perform on Friday, September 22ndduring and after lunch. There is no cost, except the price of your meal. Nehemiah’s performance is sponsored by The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center.

 

Composer/Pianist, Grisha Krivchenia Hurricane Relief Concert

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles.

 If you google his name, you can quickly find his website and access the astounding work he is doing and the life-changing music mission he is continuing.