Mosier Creek Fire Burning, Threatening Homes
The Mosier Creek Fire continues to burn, threatening hundreds of homes in the Columbia River Gorge. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared the fire a Conflagration.
The Oregon State Fire Marshall has mobilized more firefighters and equipment to battle the human-caused fire and was 5% contained as of Thursday morning. The fire started Wednesday afternoon, between Hood River and The Dalles, and has burned more than 800 acres. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office ordered several people to evacuate. Other nearby residents were warned to be ready should evacuation be ordered. According to the Department of Forestry, the fire is described as fast-moving, and aggressive. Ground crews will be aided by large air tankers, and helicopter water drops.
There are 8 structural task forces from various areas helping to fight the fire. Governor Brown is aking people
to be cautious and honor all burn bans, and keep our fire crews in your thoughts as they fight to protect our communities and the landscapes that surround them.
The Red Cross has shelter provided by the Shilo Inn in the Dalles on Bret Clodfelter Way.
You can read more about the Mosier Creek Fire here.