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Successful fire fighting, rains alleviate wildfire's west side activity; landslides, flash floods still pose danger.

EAGLE CREEK FIRE - Rain and successful firefighting efforts have helped alleviate fire activity on the west side.All Eagle Creek Fire evacuation orders for Multnomah County were lifted on Monday, Sept. 18.

A combination of rain and firefighting allowed progress on the fire's west side. Officials still report 32 percent containment as of Monday. Personnel has been reduced significantly; 626 people were assigned on Monday, hundreds less from the weekend. 48,387 acres have burned.

Although the rains have provided relief to the Eagle Creek fire fighting efforts, they also pose other dangers, including falling trees, rocks, debris landslides and flooding in the Columbia River Gorge.

Only residents of Dodson, Warrendale, Bridal Veil and Latourell have access to those communities due to road closures on the Historic Columbia Highway and eastbound Interstate 84. Interstate 84 westbound opened last week.

Folks living there are advised to visit the Troutdale Police Community Center, 234 S.W. Kendall Court, Troutdale, to get necessary permits and instructions to access closed roads.

Anyone who sees landslide activity should call 503-823-3333.

All Forest Service lands and Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge remain closed.

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