Crews gain ground on Memaloose #2 fire near Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge
MOSIER, Ore. – Crews are starting to get the 167-acre Memaloose #2 fire under control as it continues to burn three miles east of Mosier.
Evacuation orders were lowered to Level 1 (Get Ready) for the Rowena Dell area. As of Wednesday, no structures have been destroyed by the flames.
Firefighters consider the blaze 75 percent contained.
The fire was initially reported Friday, burning near Highway 30 and Interstate 84 in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Extreme fire danger conditions persist across the state as hot and dry summer weather continues to plague the state. The steep gorge terrain and rolling fire hazards pose a problem for the 100 firefighters assigned to the fire.
Helicopter crews are also assigned to help fight the flames.
The fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and state and privately owned lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Mosier Fire and Rescue.
No official word on what caused the fire.