When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it. But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.
The Rowena Fire, listed this morning as 35 percent contained, claimed its first residence yesterday as a home that had been evacuated burned at Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park.
Fire meeting focuses on reasons and methods
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 7, 2014.
Some west The Dalles evacuations lifted
While wildfire continued to burn near the west end of The Dalles, a blaze gutted a house at 1408 Nevada St. on the east side of town.
Fifteen use Red Cross shelter
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.
Photos from Wednesday night in The Dalles, as Rowena Fire approached west end of town.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 6, 2014
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.