Memaloose Fire Update 7/9

Fire crews made significant progress Sunday mopping up flames and heat inside the perimeter of the Memaloose Park Fire, increasing the containment level to 70%. That work will continue today. Incident Commander Kyle Nairns said the heat and afternoon wind Sunday tested the containment lines, but the lines held and Nairns said they didn’t see any fire activity that concerned them. Lines will be tested again today with afternoon heat and wind. Crews will continue working the next few days until the fire is 100% contained. GPS mapping of the perimeter Sunday showed the fire at 74 acres.

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill lifted all evacuations in the Rowena area, as of 8 this morning.

Memaloose State Park is currently closed to new campers entering the campground and the westbound I-84 Memaloose Rest Area will remain closed until repairs can be made to the electrical system that was damaged in the fire.

The fire was human caused and is under investigation.