Board hires employment attorney to investigate ‘personnel matter’
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 459 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM PDT FOR LOCATIONS OREGON AND KLICKTAT COUNTY, INCLUDING SHERMAN AND WASCO COUNTIES AND HOOD RIVER COUNTIES. SPECIFIC WARNINGS ARE BEING BROADCAST ON LOCAL RADIO STATIONS OREGON COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE CLACKAMAS GILLIAM HOOD RIVER MORROW MULTNOMAH SHERMAN UMATILLA UNION WALLOWA WASCO
A small spot fire flared up in grass and scrub oak on McCall Point (the SW corner of the fire) at approximately 2:30pm Sunday. It was quickly knocked down at approximately 7 acres by using water bucket drops from a helicopter, engines, and crew personnel already on the fire. Control action on the spot fire continued through the remainder of the day shift. Line was constructed and hose lay installed.
According to the official Rowena Fire @RowenaFire2014 twitter feed, all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order are now at a Level 1. Residents may return to their homes.
Friday and Saturday actions critical in making fire progress
UPDATED WITH VIDEO Some Mandatory evacuations still in place; conditions continue to be "fluid and dynamic" Friday night.
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.
75 households under top-level evacuation orders
An estimated 275 houses are threatened by the spreading Rowena Fire and 75 households have been advised to immediately evacuate their homes between the 5500 block and 6200 block of Highway 30, according to fire authorities, reporting this afternoon, Aug. 6.
Shelter available for fire zone pets
As firefighters struggle to battle the dry, wind-driven Rowena Fire, more evacuations have been announced and a shelter for pets has been established.
Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes in Rowena last night and the steep terrain, combined with high winds and expected high temperatures today, were ideal conditions for a big fire, an official said. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 6, the fire was at around 200 acres and rapidly growing, said spokesman Justin de Ruyter with the Oregon State Fire Marshal incident command team.
The culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Mid-Columbia Narcotics Task Force (MINT Team) resulted in the arrest of a local man and seizure of drugs and firearms, the team reported.
Resident was absent from home, lost everything to flames
The Wasco County Sheriff’s office, assisted by The Dalles City Police, arrested Juan Carlos Navarro, 20, in connection with an orchard camp shooting July 13 on Pleasant Ridge Road.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Sunday evening at a labor camp on Pleasant Ridge Road.
Oregon fire officials estimated that about 3,400 lightning strikes occurred across the region Sunday and started dozens of fires, mostly small but some sparked fires that are threatening homes on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
The final logo design for The Dalles High School Riverhawks was approved by the District 21 School Board July 10.
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