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Quick action keeps wildfire to 31 acres SW of The Dalles

Single Engine Air Tanker BLM file photo

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The Jewel Road Fire, 15 airline miles southwest of The Dalles, was reported burning Saturday afternoon in grass and brush on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands west of Dufer in central Oregon. Fire-fighter from ODF’s Central Oregon District and several cooperators stopped the fire’s spread at 31 acres.

A single-engine air tanker on contract with the Washington Department of Natural Resources flew from Dallesport, Wash., and dropped one load of retardant and three loads of water onto the fire. ODF responded with four engines and a bulldozer, and four additional engines were supplied by the U.S. Forest Service and a rural structural protection district. So a LOT of cooperation to fight the fire in the uplands to Mount Hood.

The fire burned on rolling hills through grass and brush beneath an overstory of pine and oak trees, and was contained by 11:00 p.m. The engine crews were released from the fire by midnight.

Today, four engines and a five-person crew are patrolling the Jewel Road Fire and extinguishing remaining hot spots.

The cause of the Jewel Road Fire has not yet been determined.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.

Statewide Fire Statistics for 2016 on ODF-Protected Lands as of June 26:
Lightning has caused 33 fires that burned 2,126 acres.
There have been 167 human-caused fires that burned 186 acres
Total: 200 fires that burned 2,312 acres

 

 

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