Firefighters respond to fire southeast of Hood River

By Donald Orr (OPB)
Aug. 2, 2020 10:12 p.m.

No structures were threatened by the 70-acre blaze, but roads could be affected, officials said

Firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry were responding Sunday afternoon to a fire near Hood River that had burned an estimated 70 acres of land.

Firefighters with ODF’s unit in The Dalles responded to the fire burning on private timberland along Fir Mountain Road in Hood River County late Saturday night.

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According to ODF, no structures are threatened, but roads in the area could be affected by firefighting activities. Firefighters have been dropping water on the fire from a helicopter.

The fire is burning in slash piles from recent logging, as well as nearby standing timber and smaller replanted trees. Firefighters have been able to mostly contain the fire, but are up against strong winds and warm temperatures.

Firefighters from Parkdale Fire, Mosier Fire, Hood River Fire, Wy’East Fire, the Mount Hood National Forest and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area are assisting ODF in suppressing the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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