Daily Evening Information Update
August 7, 2014
Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the day to improve hand and dozer lines to prevent further fire travel. In the early afternoon wind speeds increased causing the fire to grow and travel toward the southwest more rapidly than expected. Both the Foley Lakes and Country Club areas experienced unfavorable wind conditions. In the Foley Lakes area, wind driven fire pushed back into the neighborhood that had just hours before had its evacuation level decreased from 3 to 1. Targeted evacuations were enacted to protect the residents in the area. In the Country Club area, fire was pushed across several lines and crossed the Rowena River Road near Adeline Road. Both fires received immediate response and were quickly mitigated.
Structure protection task forces worked throughout the day to improve defensible space around homes and outbuildings. When the Foley Lakes and Country Club fires flared up, task forces assigned to night shift were activated to respond.
Structural firefighters continued to create defensible space around structures in advance of the fire threat.
4595 Hwy 30 west to 6464 Hwy 30, including Simonelli Rd, Tooley Terrace, Adeline Way and the Country Club.
Murray's Addition, Foley Lakes, residences along Chenowith Loop West. Also Division Street Development residences along Seven mile Road.
Fire Strategy for Tonight
Today, fire control work will focus on reinforcing containment lines on the eastern edge of the fire, securing the northwest end of the fire and continuing structural protection along Highway 30 and other residences.
An urgent red flag fire weather warning was issued at about 3:00 p.m. on Thursday 8/7/2014 for winds gusting to 30 mph and relative humidity as low as 24 percent. Fires can grow much faster in these conditions and be hazardous for firefighters. The red flag warning is in effect through 11:00 p.m.
The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and Oregon Department of Forestry. This Unified Command is working for ODF Central Oregon District, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue.
Size: 2,645 acres Location: The Dalles, OR
Cause: Under Investigation
Estimated Cost: $937,000
Evacuations and Road Closures: Wasco County Sheriff Evacuation Hotline: 541-506-2792
Closures/Restrictions: Hwy 30 between The Dalles Country Club and Rowena
Media Only Contact Phone: 503-793-1993
For More Information: A fire information line is currently being set up, the number will be distributed via social media once it is established.