THE DALLES, Ore. - More firefighters are added to crew battling a wildfire burning in the Columbia Gorge.
More than 1,000 firefighters are now fighting the Government Flat Complex fire.
Growth has slowed on the wildfire in the Columbia Gorge after overnight thunderstorms dropped about a tenth of an inch of rain. But the new moisture and high humidity also meant firefighters could not conduct burnouts Friday to strengthen fire lines on the western front of the Government Flat Complex. The fire has grown to over 12,000 acres and moved about three miles into the Mount Hood National Forest. The fire is 20 percent contained. No more structures have burned, but evacuation orders remain in effect for scattered rural residents on the northern flank of Mount Hood in an area about 10 miles southwest of The Dalles.