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Eagle Creek Fire and the Bull Run Watershed Updates

Eagle Creek Fire Updates

Update 9/20/2017

The Eagle Creek Fire is 46 percent contained. Because of very favorable conditions over the past few days, staff at the Water Bureau Emergency Operation Center have stood down.

For updates on the Eagle Creek Fire, visit the Incident Information System website.


Updated 9/18/2017

The Eagle Creek Fire is 32 percent contained. Because of very favorable conditions over the weekend, which are anticipated to continue this week, staff at the Water Bureau Emergency Operation Center is standing down.

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Updated 9/16/2017

The fire perimeter map has been updated.


Updated 9/15/2017

The Eagle Creek Fire is 28 percent contained. The Water Bureau continues delivering 100 percent Bull Run water and monitoring indicates that water remains safe to drink.

Based on available data from the U.S. Forest Service, the Portland Water Bureau will continue to update the fire perimeter map. According to current estimates, less than 1 percent of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit has been burned at the northern boundary.

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Updated 9/14/2017

The Eagle Creek Fire is 17 percent contained. Firefighting efforts are focused on protecting communities, infrastructure, and other values at risk. Protecting the Bull Run is a top priority of the fire response.

The already established fire in the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit continues to burn at a low intensity and creep through the ground fuels along the far northeast and northwest corners of the management unit, near Bell Creek. The fire is not in the watershed drainage. Unified Command tells us this growth was expected, resulting from a drying trend and winds that culminated Tuesday. Fuels responded as expected. The fire is expected to continue to creep along the northern edge of the watershed until significant precipitation occurs.

Based on infrared data as of Sept. 14, 2017, the Portland Water Bureau has developed an updated fire perimeter map. Please check the map periodically for updated maps on the fire perimeter in relation to the Bull Run watershed.

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Updated: 9/13/2017

The Eagle Creek Fire perimeter grew modestly overnight, with limited growth in the management unit. The fire is 13 percent contained.

Based on this data, the Portland Water Bureau has developed an updated fire perimeter map. Please check this map periodically for updates on the fire perimeter in relation to the Bull Run Watershed.

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Updated: 9/12/2017

The fire perimeter near the Bull Run did not change substantially overnight. The Eagle Creek Fire is 11 percent contained.

As of Sept. 12, 2017, based on infrared imagery data from today, the fire has burned approximately 100 to 150 acres inside the Bull Run Management Unit. The fire has not entered the actual Bull Run watershed drainage area. Current estimates tell us that less than one percent of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit has been burned at the northern edge. The Bull Run reservoirs and water supply infrastructure are not near the areas that are currently estimated to have been burned. Protecting the Bull Run is a top priority of the fire response.

Based on this data, the Portland Water Bureau has developed an updated fire perimeter map. Please check the map periodically for updates to the fire perimeter in relation to the Bull Run watershed.

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Updated: 9/11/2017

Incident Command, the lead agency in fighting the Eagle Creek Fire, tells us that as of Sept. 11, 2017, based on infrared imagery data from the early morning of Sept. 11, the fire has burned approximately 100 to 150 acres inside the Bull Run Management Unit, but not inside the actual Bull Run watershed. This is less than one percent of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit.

Protecting the Bull Run remains a top priority of the fire response. At this time, the fire is not near the drinking water reservoirs or water supply infrastructure. Water from the Bull Run continues to be safe to drink. 

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Updated: 9/10/2017

The Portland Water Bureau has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the Eagle Creek Fire.

Read the FAQs here.


Updated: 9/8/2017

Our most recent update from Incident Command tells us that less than one percent of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit has been burned by the Eagle Creek Fire. Incident Command is the lead agency in fighting the Eagle Creek Fire. It is made up of the U.S. Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and local fire departments.

The one percent of the Bull Run Watershed that has been burned is on the northwest corner of the watershed boundary. At this time, the fire is not near the drinking water reservoirs or water supply infrastructure. Water from the Bull Run continues to be safe to drink.

We continue to coordinate with local, state and federal firefighting agencies who have identified protection of the Bull Run as a top priority.

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Updated: 9/7/2017

Over the past few days, the Eagle Creek Fire joined with the previously burning Indian Creek Fire. This fire is currently burning along the northwest boundary of the Bull Run Management Unit.

On Sept. 6, 2017, we learned from the United States Forest Service that the fire began burning within the management unit but does not yet appear to be in the actual supply drainage area. Recent weather changes have brought calmer winds; however, the fire continues to be active.

We continue to coordinate with local, state and federal firefighting agencies who have identified protection of the Bull Run as a top priority.

At this time, the fire is not near the drinking water reservoirs or water supply infrastructure. Water from Bull Run continues to be safe to drink.

Read today's press release, "Eagle Creek Fire: Bull Run Watershed Update, Portland's Drinking Water Remains Safe."


Updated: 9/6/2017

The bureau is working with its agency partners and will provide more information when it is available.


Updated: 9/5/2017

Read today's press release, "Portland Water Bureau Prepares for Columbia Gorge Fires."


Eagle Creek Fire Perimeter Map

Updated: Sept. 16, 2017