PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Evacuation levels have been lowered as crews made progress against the Mile Post 87 fire burning in The Dalles.
Around mid-day Thursday, all Level 3 GO NOW evacuations were lowered to Level 2 GET SET. Officials say about 80 homes are under that Level 2 evacuation.
David Haynes told KOIN 6 that officials told them to “drop everything we’re doing and leave.”
“He said you gotta get out now because it’s below you, above you, all around you. And it’s dry,” he said.
The fire is now 40% contained while crews are out mopping up hot spots, as of Thursday. It burned 150 acres.
The blaze started near the city and quickly spread near the town Wednesday evening. Fire usually travels uphill, so the topography fueled that spread along with heavy winds.
Officials say three homes were destroyed and several other structures were damaged.
One dog has died but no person has been injured, fire officials told KOIN 6 News.
On Wednesday night, Red Cross Cascades opened a shelter at Gateway Presbyterian Church on Dry Hollow Road in response to the fire — but the organization announced it was closed just after 1 p.m. on Thursday. Those affected by the fire can still receive assistance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1 (800) 733-2767).
Wasco County authorities said more information would be shared as soon as it is available.
Stay tuned with KOIN 6 as we bring you updates to this developing story.