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'Many of these trees should survive, keeping the Gorge green' — Eagle Creek Fire Update

More than 600 firefighters are working to contain the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge. They're also taking precautionary measures to protect structures near the fire. Photo courtesy Multnomah County Communications

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. — A flight over the Eagle Creek Fire on Saturday morning found that the fire had moved further east than previously observed.

The Hood River County Sheriff's Office has changed the evacuation levels for part of the county west of Hood River, with the Level 2 evacuation east of Cascade Locks extending to include Wyeth.

Some areas were also established under a Level 1 Evacuation notice. For more details, please visit www.hoodriversheriff.com.

On Friday, several burnout operations near Cascade Locks created large quantities of of smoke, but greatly reduced the danger of the fire's northern progression.

Gusty winds from the west forced the majority of the smoke out of the east end of the Columbia River Gorge, giving residents in the Cascade Locks area clearer air.

The clean air gave a view of the mosaic of burned areas on the slopes affected by the Eagle Creek Fire. Some areas contain trees with brown needles or portions of slopes where crown fires consumed most of the foliage and branches from trees.

Other areas within the fire perimeter have green trees, some of which may later die from damage to their roots. However, many of these trees should survive keeping the gorge green.

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