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Check with your local district or forest protection association for restrictions or use ODF's fire restrictions and closures webpage for the latest details at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ODF responds to fire in Columbia Gorge


Above: ODF responded overnight
to a fire high above I-84 near Mitchell Point
in the Columbia River Gorge.
ODF's Central Oregon District is responding to a fire that started overnight on state parkland in the Columbia River Gorge near Mitchell Point in Hood River County. The fire is estimated at less than one acre and is burning on steep terrain not far from the footprint of last year's Eagle Creek Fire. Spread of the fire has been stopped. Two ODF engines are on scene along with 2 fire engines from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and an engine each from the City of Hood River Fire Department and the Westside Fire Department. Cause of the fire is not yet known.
 
The Oregon Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the right eastbound lane of Interstate 84 in that area. Please use caution.

 

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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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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