Wildfire in Columbia River Gorge forced evacuations and closure of Interstate

Another fire, north of Beatty, OR, has burned more than 600 acres

7:49 a.m. PDT June 3, 2021

map fire in the Columbia River Gorge
Map showing heat detected on a fire in the Columbia River Gorge June 2, 2021.

A fire in the Columbia River Gorge Wednesday afternoon forced the evacuation of a mobile home park and the temporary closure of Interstate 84 and Highway 30 in northern Oregon.

The fire two miles northwest of The Dalles, Oregon was suppressed by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the US Forest Service.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that the Pine Wood Mobile Manor community, the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center, and a nearby golf course were evacuated for several hours.

A spokesperson from the USFS said the fire burned about 120 acres.

In 2017 the Eagle Creek Fire burned 48,831 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. Most of the fire was on the Oregon side of the river but a burning ember started a spot fire on the Washington side which was quickly extinguished.  The fire required the extended closure of Interstate 84, forced hundreds to evacuate, and poured smoke into Portland. A judge ordered the teen who started it to pay restitution totaling $36.6 million.

Fire in Columbia River Gorge
Fire in Columbia River Gorge, June 2, 2021. USFS photo.

Another fire 18 miles north of Beatty, Oregon, has burned 679 acres. The Sycan River Fire was being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team but the number of personnel assigned has been reduced from 150 to 13.

Firefighters are mopping up the 34-acre Yellow Jacket Fire  4 miles south of Beatty.

Below is a news report on the fire from KOIN 6.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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