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SR 14 fire: all lanes now open

 

August 1, 2018

WDOT

Fire continues to burn along SR 14.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, 2:10 p.m.:

WSDOT final alert: All lanes of SR 14 between US 197 (Dallesport - milepost 83.0) and US 97 (Maryhill - milepost 100.0) are now open. There is a driver's reader board at each end. Speed limit is 45 mph.

Both directions of SR 14 between US 197 (Dallesport milepost 83) and US 97 (Maryhill milepost 100) – Klickitat County.

All lanes of SR 14 between US 197 (Dallesport - milepost 83.0) and US 97 (Maryhill - milepost 100.0) are now open, following the Milepost 90 Fire, in the Columbia River Gorge. While the highway is now open, fire crews remain on scene and will continue working in the area. For the safety of fire crews and travelers, the speed limit on both directions of SR 14 between mileposts 90 – 101, has been reduced to 45 mph until further notice. Expect possible delays as traffic begins moving through the area.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018:

WSDOT updaate: SR 14 remains closed Thursday morning, between US 197 (Dallesport - milepost 83.0) and US 97 (Maryhill - milepost 100.0) due to fire.

Both directions of SR 14 between US 197 (Dallesport - milepost 83.0) and US 97 (Maryhill - milepost 100.0) remains closed Thursday, Aug. 2, due to the Milepost 90 Fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge. To allow emergency response vehicles to easily access hotspots and for safety, WSDOT crews will keep the road closed until further notice. WSDOT and emergency responders are assessing current conditions and we hope to have an update later this afternoon. Drivers should plan to take an alternate route and avoid the area. More information about the fire can be found at the Klickitat County 911 Dispatch / Emergency Management Facebook page.

LOCATION: Both directions of SR 14 between Dallesport (milepost 83) and Maryhill (milepost 100).

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, 5:15 p.m.:

From Incident point-of-contact Michael Krueger:

At about 5:15 this evening, the wind picked up causing a 25 acre slop over. A helicopter was summoned to extinguish flare up.

This is a good indication that the fire still has potential even though the majority of the perimeter is "secure."

Fire crews will be working through the night and tomorrow.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, 3:15 p.m.:

UPDATE WSDOT ALERT: SR 14 to remain CLOSED overnight between Dallesport (milepost 83) and Maryhill (milepost 100) due to fire.

Both directions of SR 14 between Dallesport (milepost 83.0) and Maryhill (milepost 100.0) will remain closed overnight, due to the Milepost 90 Fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge. To allow emergency response vehicles to easily access hotspots and for safety, WSDOT crews will keep the road closed until further notice. WSDOT and emergency responders will reassess conditions late tomorrow morning, Thursday, Aug. 2, and provide updates. Drivers should plan to take an alternate route and avoid the area. More information about the fire can be found at the Klickitat County 911 Dispatch / Emergency Management Facebook page.

LOCATION: Both directions of SR 14 between Dallesport (milepost 83) and Maryhill (milepost 100).

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

UPDATE WSDOT ALERT: Both directions of SR 14 between Dallesport (milepost 83) and Maryhill (milepost 100) remain Closed.

DESCRIPTION: Both directions of SR 14 between Dallesport (milepost 83) and Maryhill (milepost 100) remain closed due to the Milepost 90 Fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge. There is still no ETA for when the highway will reopen. Travelers should use an alternate route. More information about the fire can be found at the Klickitat County 911 Dispatch / Emergency Management Facebook page.

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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