Fire In Columbia River Gorge Burns 11,000 Acres

posted by Anna Erickson - 

Photo: KATU

The Milepost 90 Fire burning along SR-14 in the Columbia River Gorge has burned 11,000 acres and is threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

The wildfire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside of Wisham, Washington. 

Within 90 minutes of starting, it jumped to 1,200 acres and burned north up the canyons and then east.

The fire is burning on private, Forest Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands and is threatening 40 homes.

As of Wednesday morning, the fire is 30% contained.

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuations in Wishram Heights and an area south of Centerville.

Level 3 (Go!) evacuations have been issued for:

  • Wishram Heights, north of SR-14
  • The area east of Dalles Mountain Rd and west of Highway 97, south of Stringstreet Rd and north of Highway 14.
  • South of SR-14 at Maryhill Winery to Highway 97 upper junction to include Pat's Ranch Mart (not including the town of Maryhill).

Level 2 (Get set) evacuations are in place for

  • Wishram Heights south of SR-14.
  • The community of Maryhill from Hwy 97 east to the John Day Dam Rd between Hwy 14 and the 
  • Columbia River

SR-14 is closed between Highway 197 and Highway 97. 

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