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

Rowena Fire Update

The Rowena Fire near The Dalles has experienced significant increased fire activity in the past hour.

Level 3 evacuations are now in place for all areas east of the fire perimeter and west of Irvine Street, southwest to Murray's Addition. This includes all areas that were previously a Level 1, including Foley Lakes, Simonelli Road, Tooley Terrace, and Adeline Way, as well as all residences along Hwy 30 between exit 82 and the Rowena interchange.

Level 1 evacuation notices are currently in place for all residences along Division street developments.

A Red Cross shelter has been established at Dry Hollow Elementary at 1314 E. 19th Street for those displaced by the fire. 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.

Highway 30 is closed between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena; citizens are asked to keep away from the area in order to avoid interfering with firefighting operations.

The Incident Command Post is set up at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. 8th Street, The Dalles.

Recorded updates are available at the Rowena Fire hotline: 541-506-2792.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Please stay tuned for additional information.

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