Milepost 90 fire burns 13K acres, evacuations lifted

Wildfires

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, Wash. (KOIN) — The Milepost 90 Fire has burned 14,175 acres as of Wednesday evening.

The fast-moving grass fire is threatening crops, homes, livestock, power infrastructure and water supplies. It quickly torched thousands of acres north of SR-14 near Maryhill, Washington, on Tuesday, prompting Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation notices in the Columbia River Gorge. 

The fire is around 60% contained.

Thursday evening, officials lifted all evacuation notices. 

The fire was reported at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday near mile marker 90, the Klickitat County Emergency Management said. 

SR-14 was closed in both directions between milepost 83 and milepost 101 near the junction with US 97. The highway reopened Thursday afternoon but officials suggested people slow down.

No structures have been damaged.

Washington State Department of Transportation Travel Alerts

2016 to 2018 fire comparisons for 2016-18
2016: 37 fires for 357,246 acres
2017: 54 fires for 554,108 acres
2018: 58 fires for 445,335 acres
Combined numbers for Oregon, Washington states as of August 1, 2018

South Valley Fire evacuations

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office issued a level 3 evacuation notice for the 82000 block of Rail Hollow Road as well as all of Winslow Road and Shell Rock Road due to another fire near Dufur. The Long Hollow Fire burned nearly 35,000 acres near there last week. 

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