Fire Near Rowena Burns 15 Acres

A fire reported early Sunday afternoon burning in grass, scrub oak and timber near Rowena burned approximately fifteen acres before spread was stopped.  Containment was estimated at 40% on Sunday with a combination of fireline to mineral soil and fire hose with “wetline” around the perimeter.  Two Fireboss Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) from Washington Department of Natural Resources and a federal Type 1 helicopter were used to check the spread of the fire and allow firefighters on the ground to make progress digging handline and wetting fuel on the perimeter of the fire.  Additional resources arrived Sunday evening to complete handline around the perimeter and begin mop-up work on the interior of the fire.  Resources on scene include five wildland fire engines, one Scenic Area crew, several overhead personnel and engines from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Mosier Fire Department and Hood River Fire Department.  The fire burned in steep rugged terrain near a scar from a fire in 2014.  Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry and US Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are in Unified Command working to suppress the fire.  The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 1 Get Ready Evacuation advisory from 6090 Hwy 30 to 5220 Hwy 30 as a precaution.  The cause of fire is under investigation.

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