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Wildfire Near Hood River at 65% Containment

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Firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry are on the scene of a wildfire about 10 miles south of Hood River. Firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry are on the scene of a wildfire about 10 miles south of Hood River.
UPDATE/HOOD RIVER, OR - The Owens Fire ten miles south of Hood River, Oregon is now 65% contained.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says crews hope to have 85% containment later Thursday evening. So far 20 acres of forest land has burned.

Firefighters have lines all the way around the fire but steep terrain and heavy winds are making the fight challenging.    

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HOOD RIVER, OR - The Oregon Forestry Department now says a wildfire burning on forest land owned by Hood River County in northern Oregon covers only about 12 acres, not 50.
In a statement, state officials said the fire burning 12 miles south of the community of Hood River was reported early Wednesday morning. It initially spread quickly in dry logging debris, then slowed as it exhausted the fuel source.

Full containment is expected by Thursday evening.

Steep, rugged terrain on part of the site has made it challenging for firefighters to build a line around the Owens Fire.

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HOOD RIVER, OR - Firefighters are making progress in containing a small wildfire in the Cascade Range in northern Oregon.
   
The Oregon Department of Forestry said crews had the 50-acre Owens fire 50 percent contained by Wednesday afternoon, with full containment expected by Thursday evening. The fire is burning 10 miles south of Hood River.
   
The wind was pushing the fire east and south away from communities along Oregon Highway 35. Firefighters used a logging road and built fire lines to block the spread.
   
Spokesman Rod Nichols says the fire broke out before dawn Wednesday, and quickly moved through logging debris left about three weeks ago on Hood River County forestry land.
   
When the flames reached a stand of timber, the spread slowed.
   
The cause is under investigation.

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HOOD RIVER, OR. - Firefighters with the Oregon Department of Forestry are on the scene of a wildfire about 10 miles south of Hood River.

The fire started around 3:45 a.m. and has burned about 60 acres of forest land in Hood River County.

The Department of Forestry has sent a helicopter, four fire engines and a bulldozer along with firefighters to fight the fire.

The Forest Service also has sent firefighters and equipment to help.

Conditions in central Oregon are extremely dry for this time of year.


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