Fire managers in The Dalles say two of the three fires that make up the Government Flats Complex are now fully contained. Those were relatively small. The third and largest fire still threatens more than 250 homes.
All week long, gusty winds from the Gorge have proved to be a problem for firefighters, contributing to the fire’s rapid growth. As of this morning, the fire was just 20 percent contained.
But fire information officer David Morman the winds Thursday were less severe than was forecast. And last night crews were able to take advantage of some light rain and cooler temperatures to make progress on the fire.
“Every hour that goes past without this fire making a run on us is an hour that we’re spending strengthening the control lines and the ground that we’ve already won back from the fires. But again, what the winds do are going to be the wild card,” said Morman.
Forecasters are calling for breezy westerly winds Friday with gusts up to 35 miles per hour over exposed ridges. So far, the fires have burned roughly 12,000 acres.