14,500-acre Milepost 90 Fire is now 85 percent contained

Milepost 90 fire in Klickitat County (WA fire marshal photo)

WISHRAM, Wash. – Fire officials say the Milepost 90 Fire burning along Highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge is now 85 percent contained.

There are still more than 100 firefighters battling the 14,500-acre blaze.

The fire closed Highway 14 between Highway 197 and Highway 97 Tuesday evening, but the stretch of roadway reopened Thursday.

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation orders Thursday evening.

Wind and difficult terrain contributed to the fire’s growth.

Wednesday evening, the fire crossed the control line and made an uphill run to the northeast. Helicopter water dumps helped crews contain the breakout.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one has been injured.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire started on Highway 14 around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forest Service, and private land. Within 90 minutes of starting, it jumped to 1,200 acres and burned north up the canyons and then east.

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