Wildfire near Warm Springs reaches 4,300 acres

Wildfires

S-503 Fire sparked Friday night

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A wildfire on the north end of the Warm Springs Reservation has grown to about 4,300 acres after sparking around 6 p.m. Friday.

The S-503 Fire, about 3 miles east of Hwy 26 and 10 miles north of Simnasho, brought multiple agencies to the front. The hot, dry conditions and gusty winds are expected to be a factor in fighting this fire, the CTWS fire management said on their Facebook page.

As of Sunday, the blaze was 0% contained.

Evacuation Levels as of 12:30 p.m. Sunday (Wasco County Sheriff’s Office)

  • Level 2 GET READY: All residences west of the intersection of Kelly Springs Road and Back Walters Road, anything else previously under level 1 east of Kelly Springs to Reservation Rd including Walters Corners and the community of Pine Grove.

It’s not clear what caused this fire to start, officials said.

Dave Tragethon with Mount Hood said the fire is visible on their webcams. “It looks like it’s blowing up a bit,” he told KOIN 6 News.

The fire is about 92 miles from Portland.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

The S-503 Fire is near Warm Springs and began June 17, 2021 (Courtesy: Dave Tragethon/Mount Hood)

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