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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Memaloose Park Fire


News Release:  Memaloose Park Fire
Friday July 6, 2018
11:00 p.m.

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                541-263-0661
                Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service
                541-490-0961
              

Late Friday afternoon firefighters responded to the Memaloose Park Fire near Rowena, Oregon.  The fire began in Memaloose State Park, quickly spreading east and jumping Interstate 84.  The fire is threatening the community of Rowena Dell.  Information for the current evacuation levels can be found on the Wasco County Sheriff’s facebook page:  www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/.  Highway 30 is closed from Marsh Cutoff Road east to the Rowena interchange.  Memaloose State Park is closed to new campers trying to enter the campground.  Campers who left the campground during the firefighting activity will be allowed to re-enter.

Unified command has been established between Oregon Department of Forestry, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  The fire is currently being held at 45 acres with firelines and resources on scene.  Containment is estimated at twenty percent.  Tonight firefighters will work to strengthen and build containment lines around the fire perimeter.  Additional resources will be arriving on scene in the morning to continue the work the firefighters will be accomplishing overnight.

This evening’s resources included two heavy air tankers dropping retardant to aid engine and hand crews on the ground, as well as two FireBoss scooper air tankers from Washington Department of Natural Resources.  On the ground engines and crews came from Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and numerous area fire departments.

The fire is human caused and under investigation.

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