The grass fire that ignited in Biggs Junction Tuesday destroyed a home Thursday, according to the North Sherman Rural Fire Protection District as reported by KATU2. The fire had burned at least 7,500 acres by Thursday evening.
Residents in the path of the fire were made aware of the danger, according to the Sherman County Sherriff’s office, and occupants of the home that burned Thursday had already evacuated.
The fire ignited behind a motel in Biggs Tuesday afternoon. It was declared fully contained Wednesday morning, but flared up Wednesday evening and yet again Thursday.
España Coles, owner of Three Rivers Inn, said someone heard a “pop” and suddenly there was a fire on the steep slope behind the motel, about 100 feet from the back wall.
Guests at the motel were temporarily evacuated, as was Coles’ little dog, “Ike.”
Although upset by the fire, the first she’s had threaten the hotel in her 16 years as owner, Coles was also upset about the biting mix of dust and sand the wind was picking up from a large construction area just west of the motel.
“We live with this,” she said of the stinging, wind-driven sands. “We call and call, but nobody is taking care of this.”
Gusting winds have been the primary factor in the spread of the fire, which began just off Highway 30 in the Biggs Junction business district.
Crews from Sherman, Klickitat and Wasco counties ave assisted with the fire.
There’s been no official word how the fire started.