Memaloose Park Fire Monday 7-9-18 update

[Hood River, Ore.]  The Memaloose Park Fire, located along Interstate 84 ten miles west 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 atwww.odfcentraloregon.com.