Aircraft used to douse Fir Mountain Fire near Hood River


No structures are threatened at this time

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Crews continue to battle a private land timber fire east of Hood River that spread to 250 acres by Sunday night.

The Fir Mountain Fire, which began Saturday night, is burning about eight miles southeast of Hood River. Crews from nine different agencies and about 200 fire personnel are using dozers on the ground to develop firelines and aircraft with water buckets to douse and control the flames.

ODF – Fir Mountain Fire update

ODF officials said there are numerous spotfires east of the main fire, including one about a mile east. That has a fireline around its perimeter.

Cooler temperatures and humidity will be in the firefighters’ favor, but strong winds on the exposed ridgetops continue to cause issues.

Officials with ODF said the fire is burning in slash piles, nearby standing timber and smaller replanted trees. No structures are threatened at this time, officials said.

“There really isn’t any threat to the city of Hood River,” Mayor Kate McBride said on AM Extra. The fire is at least seven miles away and is headed east, she said adding the “winds are not supposed to turn back” toward the city.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later.

The Fir Mountain Fire about 8 miles southeast of Hood River began August 1, 2020 (ODF)

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