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Sept. 11 Update on the Eagle Creek Fire and Bull Run Watershed

Eagle Creek Fire Updates Sept 11th

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. 

Unified Command notified the bureau today that firefighters have surveyed the southern and southwestern boundary of the fire closely Sunday evening to get a closer look at the approximately 100—150 acres that have burned within the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit. All indications show that area is currently mostly smoldering or burning with very low intensity.

Unified Incident Command has established firelines along existing road systems within the northern edge of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit along the southern flank of the fire. “Firelines are constructed to prevent fire growth and to minimize impacts to values at risk,” said Beale Monday, Operations Section Chief, Southwest Incident Management Team 2. The bureau is managing watershed gates to provide access to firefighters.

Unified Command will continue to monitor the area as the weather shifts through Tuesday to lower humidity and occasional gusts of up to 25 mph from the east.

Water quality monitoring continues in the Bull Run and the water remains safe to drink. Only essential duties are being carried out within the watershed this week. Very few people have essential duties within the watershed this week. Those staff have already been notified.

Please take a look at the Water Bureau’s Frequently Asked Questions, which posted yesterday and continue to be updated.