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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Memaloose Park Update

News Release:  Memaloose Park Fire
Sunday July 8, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service
[Hood River, Ore.]  Firefighters worked on Saturday to complete fireline around the sixty-five acre Memaloose Park Fire, located ten miles east of Hood River, Oregon.  This morning the fire is 35% contained after work yesterday and the night shift.  Firefighters from Mosier Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area continue to assist in the suppression effort providing water tenders, fire engines and fire fighters.  Today firefighters will be working to mop-up heat and flames within the fire area.  Acting Unit Forester for The Dalles, Brian Reel explains, “This is an early season fire, we will be mopping-up 100% so we can focus efforts on future fires as we continue into the heart of fire season.”  Firefighters will systematically grid the fire, digging into the ground to expose burning material in the soil, using water to put the fire out and dousing any burning vegetation.  Firefighters will be supported by a Type 2 helicopter dropping water on hot spots.

The fire threatened homes in the Rowena Dell area.  Current evacuation information can be found on the Wasco County Sheriff’s facebook page:  Highway 30 re-opened late Saturday, however fire activity and suppression actions can rapidly evolve, please use to verify road closures. 

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.

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