Archer Mountain Fire 209 acres, evacuation notices downgraded

Eagle Creek Fire is now 7 percent contained

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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A fire burning near Archer Mountain in Skamania County is now an estimated 209 acres, officials announced Friday morning.

About 82 firefighters with the Department of Natural Resources continue to work in the steep, rugged terrain to contain the fire.

While the blaze which has grown in size, the wind is pushing it away from residences. The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning further downgrades to its evacuation notifications.

The entirety of Archer mountain Road has been reduced to Level 2 (be ready) evacuation level, along with Franz Road and Dim Rill Dale Road.

Officials believe an ember from the Eagle Creek Fire crossed the river early Tuesday morning and ignited a fire on the south side of Archer Mountain in Skamania County.

Firefighters in Oregon are making slow progress on the Eagle Creek Fire which is 7 percent contained and burning 33,382 acres of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nine hundred and eleven fire personnel is battling the blaze, which officials say was started by a 15-year-old Vancouver boy on Sept. 2.