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Thursday Morning Update On Rowena Wildfire

OPB | Aug. 7, 2014 9:13 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 10:52 a.m. | Portland

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The Rowena wildfire, burning just a few miles west of The Dalles, is moving rapidly through the region and is zero percent contained. The blaze grew from around 200 acres to 2,5645 acres as of Thursday morning.

There is currently a Level 3 evacuation in effect for 275 homes and structures in the Rowena area from 4595 Highway 30 west to 6464, including Simonelli Road, Tooley Terrace and Adeline Way.

 OPB’s Conrad Wilson reports that Wednesday’s hot and dry weather will be similar to conditions today.

“There’s expectation that it will continue to grow,” Wilson said on Morning Edition Thursday. “You can get a sense that this has escalated quickly and responders have moved as quickly as they can.”

There is a Level 1 evacuation issued for Murray’s Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West and Division Street Development residences along Seven Mile Road.

The blaze continues to make its way east and is clearly visible from The Dalles, which has a population of about 13,700.

In a press release, Oregon Department of Foresty and the Oregon Fire Marshall write that containment lines were placed on the eastern edge of the fire.

“The integration between OSFM and ODF provided the needed resources to address both the wildland and structural protection components of the incident,” said Incident Commander John Buckman in a statement.

Task forces from Washington, Yamhill, and Columbia counties joined efforts Wednesday morning to relieve local firefighting crews in protecting evacuated houses along Hwy 30. Later in the day, additional task forces arrived from Multnomah, Clackamas, and Marion counties, bringing total personnel on site to 431.

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