1 Sep 2009, 10:59pm
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Microwave Fire

Location: 3 miles W of Mosier, Wasco Co., OR
Specific Location: Lat 45° 40´ 59″ Lon 121° 28´ 7″

Date of Origin: 08/27/2009
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 09/04/2009 8:30 am
Personnel: 258
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 100%

The fire continues to burn out interior unburned fuels. Motorists traveling on Interstate 84 between Hood River and Mosier may see smoke above the freeway, but are asked to refrain from calling 911. This area is still active and is currently staffed by firefighters.


Situation as of 09/03/2009 11:00 am
Personnel: 536
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 90%

The fire has been turned back to the local unit for continued mop up.

he Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail between Hood River and Mosier remains closed. Fire Managers and State Park officials are concerned about the hazards to the public caused by rolling rocks and debris. The fire has consumed much of the ground vegetation above the trail which has caused the steep slopes to become unstable. Specialists will evaluate the situation to determine if the hazards can be mitigated and when the trail could be opened.


Situation as of 09/01/2009 10:00 am*
Personnel: 536
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 90%

*Reports from the NW Interagency Coordination Center have been 24+ hours late all year. Other GACC’s don’t have that problem. Something is amiss at the NWCC. Their contact info is:

NWCC Contact Information
Phone: (503) 808-2720
Admin Fax: (503) 808-2789
Operations Fax: (503) 808-2750
Email: ornwc@dms.nwcg.gov

Please call them and ask them what their main incompetency problem is.

Costs to date: Not reported (see above)


Situation as of 08/31/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 638
Size: 1,224 acres
Percent contained: 75%

ODF Costs to date - $1,700,000. OSFM Costs to date - $603,000

3 residences, 2 outbuildings destroyed

The fire is also burning in Hood River Co. Burnouts continued to be conducted to strengthen containment lines on the N and NW flanks of the fire. Elsewhere, mop up operations are being emphasized. Planning is underway for the transition to a Type 3 Team.



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