Fifteen Mile Road Fire Now 80 Percent Contained

Officials at the Fifteen Mile Road Fire say the fire is now 80 percent contained…with the size now estimated at 3600 acres.  Fire Public Information Officer Stan Hinatsu says strong winds again complicated firefighting efforts today with winds creating increased fire activity, but with the help of a single-engine air tanker firefighters were able to stop the forward progress of the blaze.  Hinatsu says the fire is holding, even though there is still some open line at the northeast corner of the fire near Celilo Village, but the fire has quieted down substantially.  Hinatsu added they hope to get to 100 percent containment in the next day, with the big challenge being to do enough mop-up for lines to hold in strong winds, but he also pointed out much of the line was wind tested today.  All evacuation notices have been lifted at this point.  Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Land Management are operating as a unified command at the fire.  MCFR Chief Bob Palmer says an investigation into the cause of the fire will be getting underway, with an investigator from the U.S. Forest Service being brought in to assist.  No homes have been lost to the fire, but one tractor and two disc machines were destroyed.  One firefighter suffered a bee sting, and a spotted deer fawn was rescued from the fire area and turned over to Rowena Wildlife of Mosier.

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