Close courters created challenges, but firefighters hold back spread to neighbors
Suit would have no merit, board contends
Firemen from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue and county sheriff deputies responded to a crash on Mill Creek Road Friday morning.
Board votes 3-2 to fire director
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause and manner of Sunday morning's fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old female along westbound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver will be released later today.
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.
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