Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Goldendale Fire Now 6 Times Larger Than Monastery Fire 2 Years Ago

Night Operations Monitoring Fireline Along Div-N  

The Mile Marker 28 Fire started on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97 and is burning in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.

 26,793 acres

Total Personnel    1,291

Expected containment date:Tuesday August 06th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM

Planned activities:    
Continue mop up along existing control lines. Continue to build control lines for full containment.

 US Hwy 97 reopened today with reduced speed and pilot cars. The Level 2 evacuation area (potential evacuation) to the south of the fire was changed to a level 1 (advisory).

NOTE:   Today the west side where we are was smoke filled, none of the mountains or Mt Hood could be seen, just a gray haze surrounding everywhere.  It started out cool in the morning and became humid by afternoon.

About 100 of our fire fighters had to leave for a bigger Wa fire, but replacements will be coming
from Virginia.  This is a great life for young, energetic people who want to help others, see the West and make good money.

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