FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 1, 2018
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure in effect as of June 29, 2018 - Modified September 12, 2018
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 1 as of September 18, 2018
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Effective July 22, 2018-Removed effective September 17, 2018 @1a.m.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Memaloose Park Fire Update


News Release:  Memaloose Park Fire
Monday July 9, 2018
9:00 a.m.

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                541-263-0661
              
[Hood River, Ore.]  The Memaloose Park Fire, located along Interstate 84 ten miles east of Hood River, is 70% contained this morning.  Crews made significant progress mopping-up the heat and flames within the fire perimeter on Sunday.  Kiel Nairns, Incident Commander is confident containment lines are holding, “Yesterday’s heat and afternoon winds tested the containment lines.  They held and we didn’t see any fire activity that concerned us.”  Firefighters will continue working today to find heat or flames within the fire perimeter, using tools to expose these areas and dousing with water to extinguish any hot spots.  The weather forecast for this afternoon calls for warm temperatures and increasing winds.  This will again test the fireline and expose any hidden interior fire.  Crews will continue working within the fire over the next few days until the fire is 100% contained.  Firefighters were able to use GPS to map the fire perimeter on Sunday, updating the acreage to 74 acres. 

Over the weekend the fire threatened homes in the Rowena Dell area.  The Wasco County Sheriff lifted all evacuations Monday morning at 8 a.m.   Memaloose State Park is currently closed to new campers entering the campground.  This closure is in place to ensure firefighter and public safety during firefighting activities.  The westbound Interstate 84 Memaloose Rest Area will remain closed until repairs can be made to the electrical system which were damaged by the fire.

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. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your help this morning Ms. Shaw. So appreciated. And so are the Firefighter's.

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