Hood River County Sheriff’s Office Expands Eagle Creek Fire Evacuation Advisories (Updated With More Information From Sheriff Matt English)
Due to increased fire activity on the east end of the fire, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is making two changes to evacuation levels.
This new Level One area runs from Collins Road in Dee at the south end to I-84 on the north end, and includes all areas west of the following lines: Country Club south to Reed Road, running due south to Hwy. 281, continuing along 281 to milepost 12.5, then following the Middle Fork of the Hood River until it comes parallel with the south end of Collins Road. Level One means people should be ready for potential evacuation, and should plan for what they might need to take with them.
The Sheriff’s Office says no structures are under immediate threat from the fire.
The current Level Two evacuation area on the north-east half of Cascade Locks is being extended east to Viento State Park, staying along the I-84 corridor, and now includes the Lost Lake Resort area that had previously been under Level One. This includes the In-lieu site and the whole area of Wyeth. Level Two means that people should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
Hood River County Sheriff Matt English says the decision to increase the evacuation level in the County was made after evaluation of imaging received from a flight over the fire this morning. Active fire was observed across the top of Wooly Horn Ridge, east of the last reported location of the fire. There were also spot fires noted around Hicks Lake, which is east of Chinidare Mountain. This information was evaluated by the Sheriff’s Office, who then made the call to initiate the warning. English says safety is the number one priority, so they wanted to give people plenty of time to start thinking about it, and the new Level 1 areas in the valley are precautionary, but there is no imminent threat.
English did say the new Level 2 areas are based on the west winds that have been strong today, and are a more immediate action to be ready to go if necessary.
A house in The Dalles was damaged by fire Wednesday morning. According to Mid-Columbia River and Rescue, crews responded to a structure fire at 2311 West 10th Street on Wednesday at 12:43 a.m. Crews arrived to find a single family dwelling with a fully involved kitchen fire extending to other sections of the structure. Occupants were home at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed. Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze and were off scene at 4:00 a.m. MCFR officials indicate the most probable cause of this fire was an unattended pan left on the stove while cooking. Dallepsort Fire District assisted MCFR on the fire.
A gas line leading to an old furnace in a building on Second Street in The Dalles that houses a number of businesses was accidentally cut during demolition work Wednesday afternoon. Northwest Natural along with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Fire crews responded. MCFR indicated on its Facebook page that a highly flammable amount of gas was present inside the building. Windows in the upper level were either opened or broken to vent the gas out of the building. Second Street was shut down for about one hour.
Fire crews in Sherman County dealt with a small fire on Sunday near the Wamic Pub ‘n Grub that was extinguished, and reportedly was deliberately set. That’s the latest in a series of fires in Sherman and Wasco County believed to be arson. Over the weekend, the reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the intentionally set fires in those counties increased to six-thousand dollars. Moro Rural Fire District contributed $2500 dollars and South Sherman Fire District added $500 to the reward pool that already included $2500 dollars from North Sherman Fire. Anyone with information on the recent fires in Sherman and Wasco County should call the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office at 541-565-3622.
The Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim scheduled for Labor Day morning in Hood River has been cancelled. In making the announcement…the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce said with emergency responders fighting the Eagle Creek Fire…the necessary emergency support for the swim would not be available. In addition…Air quality in the Columbia River Gorge is expected to be in the “Purple – Limited/Very Unhealthy” range on Monday. The Hood River County Public Health Department has issued a recommendation that everyone should avoid heavy or prolonged outdoor exertion in those conditions.
Columbia 53, Goldendale 0
Dufur 50, Falls City 12
Hood River Valley def. David Douglas 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-6: Katie Kennedy had 13 kills, 16 digs and four blocks while Emily Curtis had 21 assists as the Eagles came from behind to win.
McMinnville 4, Hood River Valley 2
Parkrose 2, The Dalles 1
Woodburn 7, The Dalles 0
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office announced that a public memorial celebration for Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Anderson will be held on September 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hood River Valley High School gymnasium. Anderson passed away August 25 after battling cancer. Anderson was with the Sheriff’s Office for 16 years, serving in that time as a Marine Deputy, Search and Rescue Coordinator, Patrol Deputy, and Trainer. Beginning Tuesday memorial contributions to the Hood River County Mike Anderson Search and Rescue Fund can be made at any U.S. Bank branch, with all proceeds going to Hood River County Search and Rescue. The family also encourages support of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.
Beginning next fall the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College will begin using a statewide curriculum developed through the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education. It is being used by several consortium partner schools as well as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. CGCC nursing program director Doris Jepson says with the move they will be working with faculty from ten other Oregon community college nursing programs along with OHSU, and will streamline the path for nurses to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Students admitted to the CGCC Nursing Program beginning in Fall 2018 will also be co-admitted to OHSU School of Nursing, and after getting an associate’s degree at CGCC and obtaining an RN license can continue their studies with OHU To complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is accepting proposals for new organized recreation events to occur in 2018 and add to existing events already occurring throughout the year. A total of twenty-five permits will be available, with a lottery system to be used if there are more applications than permits available. All new proposals will be reviewed under specific criteria intended to diversify recreation opportunities, reduce overlap with existing events, and increase opportunities for youth-focused events. All events under existing permits must also submit applications during this period. Detailed information and applications are available on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website. Proposals will be accepted through November 1.