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EAGLE CREEK FIRE UPDATE (9 a.m.)

August 26, 2013

Good progress continues to be made on the Eagle Fire. The 13 hundred acre fire is now 60 percent contained.

Containment lines have been completed along the west south and east sides of the fire.  Mop-up to remove threats close to the perimeter continues today. In some cases that work has been completed 150 feet inside the fire line. 

Public information officer for the fire Bernie Peneda said strategy remains full suppression along the north side of the fire, with mop-up along the west, south and east sides.

A planned burnout was cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions. Peneda said another attempt for a burnout is planned as weather conditions permit. He said the burnout would be in steep terrain and could be within the next couple of days. Aircraft will continue supporting the operation along with coordinated ground support.  

Currently, 642 firefighters are assigned to the fire, including 13 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 3 dozers, 10 water tenders and 38 single engines. 

The evacuation level for residents along Bjork Canyon Road and for Eagle Creek Road adjacent to the burn is at a Level 2.  The lower portion of the Eagle Creek road between the fire and Chumstick Highway is at a Level 1 Evacuation.

Eagle Creek County Road is closed to public entry approximately 3 miles above the Chumstick Road Junction.  Bjork Canyon Road is closed to public entry at its junction with Eagle Creek Road.

Peneda said smoke will not be visible today, though it a burnout does occur it will cause some smoke to visible from Leavenworth and the surrounding areas.