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Wildfire burning near Hood River grows to 250 acres

The Fir Mountain Fire started in a slash pile at a logging operation.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A wildfire burning east of Hood River has grown to 250 acres, fire officials reported on Sunday night. The blaze is being called the Fir Mountain Fire.

Crews were challenged by wind and dry vegetation as they worked to construct firelines, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said. The fire is located 8 miles east of Hood River and is burning on private forestland and land owned by Hood River County.

Fire crews from multiple jurisdictions were dispatched to battle a wildfire that started burning east of Hood River Saturday night. 

On Sunday morning Christie Shaw, a spokesperson for the ODF Fire, reported that the fire started in a slash pile in a logging operation and that the fire was approximately 70 acres in size. 

There are no structured threatened at this time, Shaw said. But roads in the area may be impacted by firefighting activity. The cause is under investigation.

The fire is burning a variety of fuels, slash, recent regrowth and some timber. 

Crews were sent out Saturday to fight the fire and a bulldozer was sent out to help build a fire line. Shaw says wind is creating some issues and that no structures are threatened. 

The Hood River Sheriff's Office first tweeted about the blaze Saturday at around 10:30 p.m. 

Firefighters said the fire is burning off Fir Mountain Road. 

The Oregon Department of Forestry was named the lead agency in the response to the blaze. 

At around 11:55 p.m., a web camera in the area showed flames rising from a bluff along the Columbia River. 

Credit: Courtesy Columbia River Gorge webcams
A webcam photo captured flames from a fire that was reported on the east side of Hood River on Aug. 1, 2020.

Satellite imagery shows the fire burning between Pine Grove and Parkdale, according to Meteorologist Chris McGinness. 

The National Weather Service - Portland tweeted that its weather station between those two cities was likely the best gauging for wind and relative humidity related to the fire. 

Despite a breeze, the NWS tweeted that humidity will climb overnight, helping firefighters. But by Sunday, there will be less moisture in the air and windy conditions could return, the agency said. 

The Oregon Department of Forestry tweeted that fire danger in this area was extreme on Saturday. 

This is a developing story. Check back for the latest information as it becomes available.