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Fire displaces more than 600 people

Washington residents had full view Wednesday evening, Aug. 6, of the Rowena fire encroaching on the outskirts of The Dalles. The fire ran about six miles from the western edge of the Rowena community to The Dalles. Olivia Smith photo

Washington residents had full view Wednesday evening, Aug. 6, of the Rowena fire encroaching on the outskirts of The Dalles. The fire ran about six miles from the western edge of the Rowena community to The Dalles. Olivia Smith photo

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A law enforcement officer from the City of The Dalles screens vehicle heading west on Chenowith Road as communities are evactuated at approx. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night as other officers evacuated residents door-to-door in fire impacted areas. Access to the west was soon closed completely as mandatory evacuations were ordered.

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A long line of fire creeps to the west edge of The Dalles approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Panorama created from two exposures.

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Red Cross volunteer Ken Schleif of Goldendale prepares to post an information sign as evacuees begin trickling into the Red Cross shelter Wednesday night. The shelter was set up at Dry Hollow Elementary school.

The Rowena Fire pushed toward the outskirts of The Dalles overnight, forcing the evacuation of about 600 people from 275 homes in the fire zone.

A new evacuation shelter has been established at Dry Hollow Elementary School to aid the larger number of displaced people.

The fire has grown to 1,900 acres overnight.

The fire roared toward the edges of The Dalles Wednesday night, driven by brisk evening winds.

The eastern edge of the fire looked calm from The Dalles this morning, but more wind and dry weather is expected today and tonight in the gorge. The forecast is clear and hot through Monday.

Total personnel on the fire this morning numbered 431 with 16 Type 1 engines, 44 total apparatus, 14 crews, six rotary aircraft and three bulldozers.

The Chronicle will update the story throughout the day as more news becomes availiable.

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