Memaloose 2 Fire At 35% Containment (Updated 9:30 p.m. 8/11/18)

Officials at the Memaloose 2 Fire reported tonight that firefighters were successful today in maintaining the perimeter of the fire within its existing 175 acre footprint despite strong winds.

Containment increased to 35% this evening.  With completion of fireline today, crews are now putting hoselays around the fire and beginning to mop up heat within the interior of the fire near the perimeter.  Washington Department of Natural Resources Fire Boss air tankers and helicopters were used to cool hot spots.  No structures have been damaged by the fire, and structural task forces are in place.


The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office established a Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation notice this morning for the intersection of Highway 30 and Marsh cutoff all the way east to the bottom of the Rowena loops, including both sides of Highway 30, Rowena Dell, and Rowena Overlook all the way to Canyon Way.


There is a Level 2 (Get Set To Go) evacuation advisory for the intersection of State Road and Marsh Cutoff to Dell Road. This includes both sides of the road.


Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation advisories are in place starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Highway 30 as well as Mayor State Park.


Highway 30 is closed from the Memaloose Overlook to the Rowena Interstate 84 interchange.


The Red Cross has opened an information center at The Dalles Middle School.  It will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.