It’s a pleasant surprise for crews fighting the Dollar Lake Fire burning near Mt. Hood the weather has been more cooperative than expected. Containment is now up to 25 percent on the Dollar Lake Fire near Mt. Hood thanks to a little assist from Mother Nature. “Paul Norman of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center says the fire stands at about 7 square miles. Meantime, the Shadow Lake was on the move Wednesday forcing to move the fire command center to the Hoo Doo Ski Area. It’s fire now burned about 9 square miles and no containment date is set. Norman says they expect some erratic fire behavior there today. The latest mapping on the Shadow Lake fire has its size at about 6000 acres, and a new closure area is in effect related to the Shadow Lake Fire. The closure now extends to the west along the southeast quadrant of Highways 20 and 126. This includes a portion of the McKenzie River Trail. At this time the Clear Lake and Cold Water Cove Recreation areas do remain open.
High Cascades Fire Update
Firefighters made significant progress on the Badger Butte Fire Wednesday. Crews were able to hold established lines, construct new lines, and aggressively fight the fire. Crews are conducting burnout operations and large amounts of smoke may be visible in the area of the Badger Butte fire. The fire is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Warm Springs. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Agency officials have lifted the Level 1 evacuation order for residents. A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) remains closed due to fire activity associated with the Badger Butte Fire. The High Cascades Complex wildfires have burned an estimated 107,588 acres.