Many people have been curious and concerned about impacts from the Eagle Creek Fire on the Sandy River watershed. The fire has reached upper areas of the Bull Run, and like much of Northwest Oregon covered the Sandy basin in smoke and ash fall. The Portland Water Bureau indicated that drinking water quality and infrastructure have not currently been affected by the fire. Additionally, the US Forest Service has stated that no fire retardant has been dropped within the Bull Run watershed. Agency fire managers report that the fire response in the Bull Run is being taken care of by hand crews and water drops. The Sandy Delta has been closed, along with Interstate 84 east of Troutdale, with portions of the watershed including Corbett and Troutdale on fire alert for potential evacuation. A Red Cross relief center near our office at Mt. Hood Community College is hosting about 70 of the 1900 evacuees from the Eagle Creek fire area.
Fire area map, with Bull Run Watershed boundaries
Red Cross – Disaster Relief setup at Mt. Hood Community College