Engine Crews Begin To Demobilize
With residents back in their homes…structural fire engine crews at the Rowena Fire will begin to demobilize and return home this evening. The Oregon Department of Forestry…U.S. Forest Service…and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will remain to finish mop up operations. MCFR will patrol the perimeter of the fire from Foley Lakes to Tooley Terrace…with State Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service patrolling the remainder. With containment lines in place…incident commanders and the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office allowed all residents who had been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order back into their homes…with residents asked to be alert for changing conditions and cautious of firefighting efforts. If residents see smoke…flame…or other hot spots close to the edge…about a standard garden hose length of 50 feet…call the Wasco County non-emergency number at 541-296-5454. Fire containment is now at 55 percent…and firefighters will continue today to focus on removing unburned fuel and holding containment lines. Updates are issued on a Facebook page…Rowena Fire Oregon 2014…and the Twitter feed atrowenafire2014. Fire officials are asking recreational boaters and windsurfers to be vigilant of helicopters using the Columbia River to draw water for fighting the fire…and keep clear of aircraft in the area.