Hood River Fire Prompts Columbia River Gorge Evacuations

A fire that started near a home in Hood River has forced the evacuation of people staying at a lodge overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Posted: Aug. 19, 2018 3:25 PM

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) - Fire officials say a fire that began near a home in Hood River spread to surrounding timber and brush and forced the overnight evacuation of dozens of people staying at a lodge overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

The Hood River Sheriff's Office says the fire was reported late Saturday near a residence.

Crews helped about 120 people staying at the Westcliff Lodge evacuate the area. A first responder was treated for a leg injury but no one else was injured.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Sunday that the fire is burning in a rugged area of cliffs making access difficult. The agency says helicopters will help drop waters in those steep areas.

The fire has burned about five acres northwest of Hood River between Interstate 84 and the Columbia River.

Railroad lines north of the fire have been closed as a precaution.

Article Comments

Medford
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 37°
Brookings
Few Clouds
46° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 46°
Crater Lake
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 16°
Grants Pass
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 32°
Klamath Falls
Clear
22° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 16°
Hazy Sunshine Wednesday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Hazy Sunshine Wednesday

Image

Spouses Send Messages of Thanks to Husbands Fighting Camp Fire

Image

Medford, Grants Pass Among Top 30 Job Markets

Image

In the Kitchen: Tomato Bisque

Image

Increasing Smoke Tuesday

Image

Klamath Falls Veterans Ceremony

Image

Medford Family Mourns the Loss of 5-Year-Old

Image

5-Year-Old Dies from Fire Injuries

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Passing Clouds, Hazy Tuesday

Image

Hidden Valley Girls Soccer in NW12 Studio

Community Events