FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 1, 2018
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure in effect as of June 29, 2018 - Modified July 20, 2018
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 3 as of July 16, 2018
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Effective July 22, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Memaloose Park Fire Update


News Release:  Memaloose Park Fire
Monday July 10, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                541-263-0661
             
[Hood River, Ore.]  Firefighters on the Memaloose Park Fire continue to make progress mopping-up fuels within the fire perimeter.  This morning the fire is 90% contained, with the final acreage mapped at 74 acres.  Incident Commander Kiel Nairns anticipates containment to reach 100% by end of shift today, “Crews made really good progress late yesterday afternoon, and I think we will be able to put the fire into patrol status after today’s work.”  Early this morning the Bureau of Land Management, through a drone testing project, used infra-red imagery to find hot spots in the fire area.  Firefighters will use this information to focus efforts in the final gridding of the fire today. 
This morning the west bound Memaloose Rest Area reopened for travelers on Interstate 84, after being closed since the fire ignited Friday night.   Memaloose State Park will also be open to visitors again this morning.

Agencies throughout the Columbia River Gorge participated in the suppression efforts of the fire, quickly responding Friday night with numerous engines, personnel and aircraft.  This cooperative response allowed firefighters to stop spread of the fire Friday night and limit the threat to the community of Rowena Dell, critical infrastructure in the area, and damage to natural resources and private property.  Responding agencies include Wasco County Sheriff, Hood River County’s Immediate Needs Task Force, Klickitat County (Washington) Rural Fire Department Engine Strike Team, fire departments from Wasco and Sherman counties, Mosier Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Hood River County Sheriff, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Travel Experience, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, U.S. Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Oregon Department of Forestry.   

The fire burned lands within Memaloose State Park, Oregon Travel Experience’s Memaloose Rest Area, and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue protection, and some lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.  The fire is human caused and under investigation.

Regulated-Use Closure is in effect within Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District.  These restrictions are intended to reduce wildfires from human activities.  More information for these restrictions can be found at www.odfcentraloregon.com. 

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