White River Fire Staying In Perimeter

As fires rage in much of the Pacific Northwest, the White River Fire in southern Wasco County remains at 70 percent containment.  Incident Commander Noel Livingston said Thursday morning that the fire remains in patrol status, and resources on the scene are keeping an eye on it to make sure the fire stays within its perimeter.  Livingston’s Type 1 management team is now in charge of the Lionshead Fire in Marion County, which continues to actively grow to the west and has joined with the Beachie Creek Fire near Detroit Lake for a combined acreage of about 260,000.  The cities of Mill City, Gates, Lyons, Mehama, Detroit and other areas along Highway 22 have seen significant damage.  Fire managers have now determined that at least 13 new fires were started between Detroit and Mehama from downed powerlines during the peak of Monday’s wind event, and then on Tuesday a large front of wind-driven fire ran through the city of Detroit from the east.  

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