Firefighters make progress; Eagle Creek Fire is 5 percent contained

Firefighters look over maps in Cascade Locks, Ore., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, near where the Eagle Creek wildfire continues to burn. Firefighting crews are in the town in anticipation of west winds possibly pushing the fire into town. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)

Updated at 7:01 a.m.

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. – The Eagle Creek Fire was 5 percent contained Wednesday night.

Thursday morning, Eagle Creek Joint Information Center said the fire is 33,382 acres. They said the acreage increase is partly due to the burnouts they did Wednesday.

They hope Thursday's cooler temperature and higher humidity will help firefighting efforts. But, they're concerned about west winds and a red flag warning expected Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, crews worked to build fire lines near Cascade Locks and Bridal Veil on Wednesday. More than 900 people are involved in fighting the fire.

Firefighters are taking extra precautions to protect homes and other structures near the fire.

Fire officials said some roads are opening for access and potential future fire breaks southeast of the fire.

Union Pacific said the rails in the Gorge reopened to train traffic early Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard also plans to allow commercial vessels to travel down the Columbia River at night.

I-84 remains closed.

Level 3 GO! evacuations remain for Cascade Locks, Warrendale, Dodson, Larch Mountain, Latourell, Bridal Veil and Corbett (east of 38700 block of Columbia River Highway). Approximately 220 people have sought shelter assistance.

Fire officials will hold a community meeting at Bowe Theater in Hood River Valley High School on Thursday at 6 p.m.

They are in the process of planning another public meeting for Friday or Saturday in the Troutdale area.

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