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The cause of the Elk Fire near Madras has now been traced to an area resident's burn barrel from which flames escaped Monday afternoon. A spokesman for the Oregon State Fire Marshal said last night Tuesday evening that the Elk Fire had been contained. Jerri Mills with the Northwest Interagency Center says the fire started on Monday around noon, and spread both north and south at the same time, threatening homes and engulfing a pump station. “We were that close to the east side of the mountain. They get, what we call down slope winds. And they kick up. And so they can go either way.” And, there are two others large fires crews are working in eastern Oregon; one is near the dalles and burning on 1500 acres near where the Lower Deschutes River dumps into the Columbia River. The other is about 1300 acres and is 9 miles southeast of Arlington.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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