Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

From the Wasco County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management: Press Release - Rowena Fire Update: August 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m.

Wasco County
Emergency Management

511 Washington St., Suite #102
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone 541-506-2790
Fax 541-506-2791



Management of the Rowena Fire is now being conducted by a Unified Command between Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office. The Incident Command post has been set up at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 West 8th Street, The Dalles, OR.

Highway 30 is now closed between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena; however, the closure could expand as the fire progresses. Citizens are asked to keep away from the area in order to avoid interfering with firefighting operations.

Currently, there are approximately 275 structures threatened by the fire’s spread. A Level III (Go) evacuation notice has been issued for seventy five residences located between the 5500 block of Highway 30 west to the 6200 block of Highway 30. Approximately 200 residences located between the 4800 block of Highway 30 (Exit 82) west to the 5500 block of Highway 30, including Murray’s Addition, Foley Lakes, Simonelli Road, Tooley Terrace and Adeline Way have been placed on a Level I (Get Ready) evacuation notice. Evacuation notices are being conducted by Wasco County Sheriff’s Office staff and via the Citizen Alert emergency notification program. Please register for Citizen Alert at

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the fire, located at the Mosier Grange, 900 4th Street, Mosier. For information related to the shelter, please contact the American Red Cross at 888-680-1455 or follow @redcrosscascade on Twitter. Home at Last, 541-296-5189, is offering sheltering services for dogs and cats if owners have no other options for their pets. Livestock sheltering is being coordinated by Nan Wimmers, 541-993-5510.

Please refer to the official Rowena Fire Facebook page at “Rowena Fire Oregon – 2014” and Twitter feed @rowenafire2014 for current fire information. Questions can be directed to

For current road closures and evacuation notices, call the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Rowena Fire hotline at 541-506-2792.

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