Fire east of The Dalles burns 2,800 acres; evacuations lifted
WASCO COUNTY, Ore. – KGW.com reports that a fire that began Thursday evening just a few miles east of The Dalles has burned at least 2,800 acres and forced evacuations, which have since been lifted.
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue said the fire started a little after 5:30 p.m. along Interstate 84 and moved uphill to 15 Mile Road. Wind gusts were around 30 mph in the area.
Officials called for I-84 to be closed at around 9 p.m. but it was never actually closed before it was called to be reopened at about 10:30 p.m., according to The Dalles Fire.
Juston Huffman of Wasco County said evacuation orders were in place Thursday night at Celilo Village, as well as on Old Moody Road and 15 Mile Road to the Deschutes River. The evacuation orders were lifted at around midnight, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue said.
About eight to 10 structures are threatened, Huffman said. One tractor was burned.
The fire was 60 percent contained at 10 p.m. More than 60 firefighters were at the scene and resources from throughout the area were being used to fight the fire, including a single engine air tanker. Crews were trying to stop the fire at Fulton Road.
A Red Cross shelter has been set up at The Dalles Middle School, at 1100 E 12th St. A public information hotline has also been set up at 541-506-2792.