Expected rain will bring relief to Eagle Creek Fire
Officials are breathing a sigh of relief as predicted weather patterns could bring 3 to 5 inches of rain over the next five days — aiding the still-burning Eagle Creek Fire.
At 32 percent containment, the fire size is at 45,579 acres as of Saturday. Some fire fighting crews are heading home as needed operations reduce.
On Saturday, there were still 27 crews, 61 engines, 12 helicopters, 9 bulldozers, 18 water tenders and an overall 1,060 personnel.
Firefighters have begun focusing on the outer perimeter of the fire, which surrounds the Columbia River Gorge.
Officials warn that Smoke and flames might be visible as pockets of unburned fuel are consumed within the interior of the fire.
They're working to contain fire on the southern and western edge, with firefighters reinforcing and holding lines along the west side of the fire.
Helicopters are aiding firefighters with water drops and mops are continuing along Interstate 84, which opened back up this week.
The Archer Mountain Fire in Washington has been 100 percent contained.
The Forest Service expects that they will likely have contained the Eagle Creek Fire before the end of the month because of the predicted rain, earlier than previously expected.
However, they are also preparing for other issues that could come with the rainfall, such as landslides.