UPDATE: Wildfires near The Dalles Grows to Over 3,000 Acres
UPDATE (8/19/13): Firefighters battling wildfires close to The Dalles say the Government Flat Complex fires are estimated at 3,000 acres with no expected time or date of full containment.
Approximately 500 firefighters and support personnel are working on the fires, as well as 14 hand crews, 16 wildland fire engines, five bulldozers, five water tenders and five helicopters on day and night shifts.
THE DALLES, Ore. - Dozens of homeowners near The Dalles remain on alert Monday morning as crews battle the Government Flat Complex of wildfires.
Fire spokesman David Morman says the fires are 12% contained and have scorched 1,500 acres.
Gov. John Kitzhaber declared the wildfires a conflagration so the state Fire Marshal could mobilize resources to assist locals in battling the blaze. Officials prioritized the local water treatment plant for immediate protection since it supplies water for much of The Dalles.
Residents of about 35 of the 70 homes threatened have been told to prepare for evacuation.
Morman says afternoon winds could be a problem for firefighters.
Elsewhere, the Douglas Complex blaze north of Glendale has burned nearly 50,000 acres but is now 75% contained.