Structural firefighters led by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office saved the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925. A task force of structural engines and one aerial ladder truck worked in conjunction with a strike team of water tenders to keep the lodge wetted down during the fire storm of falling embers. Large trees nearby torched and fire crews used hose lines to protect the lodge from heat. Visit the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek Fires Facebook page to see pictures of the lodge.
Ian Yocum, Incident Commander with the Oregon State Fire Marshal said firefighters were successful in protecting other structures as well. “Firefighters had a good day out there. We lost one small residential structure and four outbuildings. We will continue to patrol and access structural protection needs.”
Defending private property, historical structures in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the various State Parks in the area and the Bull Run Watershed will continue to be top priorities for firefighters.
The I-84 freeway remains closed from Troutdale to Hood River due to rocks, snags and other debris entering the roadway. Oregon Department of Transportation will be working closely with the Unified Command team to determine when it will be safe to open. Detour routes are in place.
Temperatures are expected to be cooler today, but a Red Flag Warning will be in effect in the afternoon for potential lightning. Winds will shift to westerly, which may help improve the unhealthy air quality in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Those west winds, however, could propel fire growth to the east of the current fire perimeter.
For real time and current evacuation information, please contact the sheriffs' offices in Multnomah, Hood River or Skamania County.