PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fire on private timberland along Fir Mountain Road in Hood River County has scorched about 70 acres but is not threatening any structures at this time, the Oregon Department of Forestry said Sunday morning.
The fire, about 8 miles southeast of Hood River, may impact some roads in the area. Officials with ODF said the fire is burning in slash piles, nearby standing timber and smaller replanted trees.
Winds pushed the fire outside some of the fire lines that were dozed in the very early hours of Sunday, but a fireline is being built, officials said. Water tenders are being used as well as a helicopter with water bucket.
Winds may provide a challenge for firefighters on Sunday. Peak gusts for the area could range from 25 – 30 mph coming from the west, pushing the fire east roughly.
Despite the wind, dew points will be in the mid 40’s (good) and temps in the area may reach the mid 70’s today. Still, fire danger for this area VERY HIGH today.
The relative humidity is going to drop to the 20s come Sunday afternoon and evening. That drop in the relative humidity is going to take some of the moisture from the fuels. An image from the “Fire Temperature RGB” satellite imagery shows a small red dot around Hood River county Saturday night. This indicates a small fire.
The local geography around the Columbia River Gorge can include steep terrain and challenging cliffs. This may lead to fire spread due to the flames warming vegetation that may be directly above because of the terrain.
The ODF is getting help from Parkdale Fire, Mosier Fire, Hood River Fire, Wy’East Fire, the Mount Hood National Forest and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.