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Portland Water Bureau monitoring Eagle Creek Fire; water supply still safe

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The Portland Water Bureau is monitoring the wildfires in the Columbia River Gorge and the agency reports water from the Bull Run Watershed remains safe to drink.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Indian Creek Fire and the Eagle Creek Fire entered the Bull Run Watershed, which is the primary drinking water supply for the Portland-metro area. 

At this time, the fire is not near the drinking water reservoirs and water supply infrastructure. 

Ash is falling throughout the metro area from the Eagle Creek Fire, but water bureau workers said ash is not affecting water quality and has not posed a problem during past fires near the watershed.

If necessary, the secondary water supply at the Columbia South Shore Well Field is ready for activation.

The Eagle Creek Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres, led to evacuations for multiple communities and shut down Interstate 84 from Troutdale to Hood River.

The Portland Water Bureau authorized the joint fire command to dip into Blue Lake and other water sources inside the watershed, with the exception of the reservoirs needed to slow the spread of the fire. 

As a precautionary measure, the Portland Water Bureau has postponed all non-critical work in the watershed to minimize risk to staff and property.

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