Photo: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
THE DALLES, Ore. -- More homes were evacuated Thursday near the Government Flat wildfire complex near The Dalles as it grew beyond 11,000 acres.
Officials said they expected rapid spreading and extreme fire behavior over the course of the day.
Westerly winds predicted earlier on Thursday have been lighter than
expected and the Blackburn Fire within the Government Flat Complex did
not grow significantly during Thursday's day shift.
More than 800 firefighters and support personnel were battling the complex, which is made up of the Blackburn, Government Flat and Wells fires. The Blackburn fire was only 15 percent contained Thursday, while the other two were fully contained.
Four homes and nine outbuildings were destroyed in the wildfires.