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Evacuations ordered in SR 14 fire

Shelter set up at Goldendale High School

 


Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

This morning, the SE Washington Team 3 took over the Milepost 90 Fire north of Wishram, Washington. There are now 3 state strike teams, 2 Division Supervisors, 3 dozers, and 3 water tenders, with some local resources (fire engines and tenders) in the process of being relieved throughout the day. Two more strike teams are expected to arrive during the day.

The fire size has held steady at 11,000 acres, and the current containment is 30 percent. Throughout the night, crews worked to build containment lines and conducted burnout operations within control lines. During the day, these lines will be wind-tested for the first time. By tonight, officials expect to update their estimate of the containment figures, based on how well the lines hold up to the winds. A helicopter flight is in progress, which will also help provide updated status and acreage of the fire.

All evacuation levels have now been reduced by 1 level. However, residents should continue to check Klickitat County 911 Dispatch Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/KlickitatDEM911/ for the latest status of evacuations.

Klickitat County Emergency Management encourages all residents to sign up for Emergency Notifications - including evacuation notices. Go to http://www.klickitatcounty.org and click on Emergency Info - Sign Up for Alerts.

Washington SR-14 remains closed between Highway 197 and Highway 97. Check http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/ for the latest information on the road status.

Wednesday, Aug.1, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

In response to the 11,000-acre Milepost 90 Fire, Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuations in Wishram Heights and an area south of Centerville.

The U.S. Forest Service is responding in unified command with Wishram Fire Department and other local volunteer fire departments. The Washington State Fire Marshals Office was approved for mobilization, and will take over from the current Type 3 Incident Commander on August 1.

Level 3 (Go now) evacuations have been issued for:

· Wishram Heights, north of SR-14

· The area east of Dalles Mountain Rd and west of Highway 97, south of Stringstreet Rd and north of Highway 14.

· South of SR-14 at Maryhill Winery to Highway 97 upper junction to include Pat's Ranch Mart (not including the town of Maryhill).

Level 2 (Get set) evacuations are in place for

· Wishram Heights south of SR-14.

· The community of Maryhill from Hwy 97 east to the John Day Dam Rd between Hwy 14 and the Columbia River.

Updates on evacuations can be found on the Klickitat County 911 Dispatch Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/KlickitatDEM911/.

A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Goldendale High School, with a hotline set up at (888) 680-1455.

Washington SR-14 is closed between Highway 197 and Highway 97. Other road closures may be in effect. Check http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/ for updates on the road status.

The fire was reported around 4:30 p.m. on July 31. It started at milepost 90 on Washington SR-14, and has burned through grass and brush fuels on private, Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands. The cause is under investigation.

At 10:34 a.m., the Klickitat PUD issued the following statement:

"As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, we are very happy to report that we have not been notified of any power outages due to the fire situation in Wishram.

"Our electric and water staff were on-site and standing by to be available in the event there was anything that required addressing. Klickitat PUD staff was on scene until 4 am. this morning.

"We’d like to thank the efforts of the Fire crews, Emergency Management, and our staff responding to this incident.

"We will update our status if anything changes today.

"Thank you to all of our customers for your support of the crews, fire departments, and your neighbors during this fire incident."

 

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