Wildfire burning in Columbia River Gorge


The fire is burning in between the towns of The Dalles and Mosier. ODOT has closed the westbound lanes of I-84 and Highway 30 due to heavy smoke.

THE DALLES, Ore. — A wildfire is burning in the Columbia River Gorge, eight miles west of The Dalles. 

Video sent in to KGW shows the flames burning along the interstate and crews with large fire trucks. The fire appears to be burning in between the towns of Mosier and The Dalles. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed both of the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between mileposts 76 and 80 and Highway 30 between mileposts 65.5 and 72. Check the latest updates on Tripcheck here. 

In a tweet, Oregon State Police said three fires have started along Highway 30 in that area and some homes are on a level 3 ‘GO NOW’ evacuation notice. 

The fire comes as a record-breaking heat wave is set to take over the Pacific Northwest. Triple-digit temperatures are expected Saturday through Monday with the hot weather sticking around through next week. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch. 

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Multiple fire agencies in the Portland metro area enacted outdoor burn bans that go through the next several days, including Clackamas County, Multnomah County, Washington County and Clark County. 

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Crews are also still working on the S-503 Fire burning along the north end of the Warm Springs Reservation that has burned more than 6,600 acres so far. It’s 50% contained as of Thursday evening. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 



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