PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation notices have been issued by the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office for a fire east of Dufur near Highway 197 in Central Oregon.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News the Wrentham Market Fire is now about 10,000 acres large as of early Wednesday morning. The blaze was threatening about 20 residential buildings and outbuildings when it was just 150 to 200 acres, according to the WCSO’s Facebook page. At least one barn has been destroyed.
Between 70 and 100 residents were in the evacuation area when the fire was 150-200 acres big, but WCSO have not given a full evacuation update for Wednesday morning just yet.
The brush fire, which is near 6412 Wrentham Road, includes the area around it, extending five miles to include Ridge Road, Adkinson Road, Stuber Road, Fulton Road, Boyd to Long Hollow area.
Two task forces and air assets were deployed to fight this fire and one heavy tanker is on the way, officials said.
Oregon State Police troopers with The Dalles station are also on the scene to assist.
It’s unclear how the fire started.