More evacuation notices issued near Memaloose fire

Memaloose Fire photo courtesy Steve Essley

MOSIER, Ore. – More evacuation orders were issued Saturday morning for areas close to the Memaloose Fire near Mosier.

According to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, a Level 2 evacuation notice is in place for Rowenda Dell. Level 1 evacuation notices were issued to the surrounding Rowena area and Morgensen Road from State Road to Dundas Way and then east down Dell Road.

Highway 30 remains closed between Mosier and Rowena.

The public is asked to avoid the area if possible.

Firefighters held the fire within the perimeter and worked on protecting buildings and strengthening containment lines overnight. They also worked to knock down hot spots within the fire perimeter and began mop-up adjacent to the fire line.

Crews will continue this work Saturday and additional resources are expected to arrive in the area. A Type 2 helicopter will work with the ground resources to extinguish hot spots.

The fire is now estimated at 65 acres.

The fire began burning in Memaloose State Park on Friday around 6 p.m. near Interstate 84, about nine miles east of Hood River. It jumped the freeway, according to Oregon State Police, and forced the closure of the park and westbound Memaloose Rest area.

Oregon State Police said one building at the rest area was damaged.

Late Friday night, the fire was about 50 acres and 20 percent contained.

I-84 remains open.

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