Update on Thursday afternoon:
[THE DALLES, Ore.] Firefighters are continuing work today on the Sevenmile Hill Road Fire, which was reported just before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. The fire burned nearly 100 acres of grass, scrub oak, and brush before suppression efforts stopped the spread. The fire is 50% contained. Today resources from the Mosier Creek Fire will be staffing both incidents, with the goal to secure Sevenmile Hill Road and place it in patrol status at the end of shift today. This will require gridding the fire for hot spots, with significant work in the areas of scrub oak and brush. Steady winds are expected to continue today.
The initial attack response included Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry The Dalles Unit, US Forest Service, a structural response task force, a dozer, Mosier Fire, Dufur Fire, Dallesport Fire, and resources from the Mosier Creek Fire. Local ranchers and landowners have been a critical asset in the coordinated fire response for both the Sevenmile Hill Road Fire and the Mosier Creek Fire.
Level 1 and 2 evacuations are still in place in the fire area. Details for these evacuations is available at https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff.
The cause of the Sevenmile Hill Road Fire is under investigation.
Work on the Mosier Creek Fire continues to focus on increasing the cold black area adjacent to the fire’s edge and search for areas of heat in the interior. Fire personnel are also working to remove hose and other equipment from the fire to return to the fire cache.
A Regulated-Use Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District. This closure restricts activities which have the potential to ignite wildfires. No open burning, including burn barrels is permitted at this time. Please be aware of any activities which could start a fire as fuels are very dry at this time, with no relief in the weather forecast. Information for the Regulated-Use Closure is available at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
ODF’s Central Oregon District continues to serve landowners and the public as an essential service for Oregonians. Please call or email to talk with our staff or schedule an appointment. For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
Update on Thursday Morning at 11:30:
Update on Thursday Morning at 9:30:
This is the Wednesday 8/19 Report: