Current situation

Cooler air should start moving across the area late Thursday or Friday, bringing more widespread showers with some embedded wet thunderstorms west of the Cascades. Precipitation should taper off into the weekend. The potential for new significant fires will stay low across the Pacific Northwest into next week.


Thanks to cooler temperatures, and higher humidity and precipitation, fire restrictions have started to be reduced in different parts of the state depending on the local fuel conditions. Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions on activities linked to fire starts or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.





Monday, August 19, 2013

Government Flat Complex: Evacuation ordered for Obrist Road

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL
Government Flat Complex Update
Information: 541-298-9899
govflatfire@gmail.com

LEVEL III EVACUATION ORDER FOR OBRIST ROAD

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level III Evacuation for residents on Obrist Road west of the intersection of Dutch Flat Road at Obrist Road because of Blackburn Fire activity.

This evacuation notice is effective today, August 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

The American Red Cross has established a shelter for displaced residents at Dry Hollow Elementary School located at 1314 E. 19th St. in The Dalles.

For information regarding the evacuation, please contact the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580.

For more information about the fire, please call Government Flat Complex Fire info at 541-298-9899.

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.


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