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It was a hot and dry weekend as crews in Oregon and Washington battled several large fires; but the weather is expected to cooperate going forward. The Northwest Fire Coordination Center is monitoring 14 large fires in Oregon right now and two in Washington. The most destructive fire seems to be is the Monastery Fire near Goldendale, Washington. “All it does is burn so many homes up. It’s at 4,251 acres with 50% containment.” That's fire spokesperson Jeree Mills. She says the largest fire in Oregon is still the High Cascades Complex near Warm Springs at 108,000 acres and 85% containment. The fire on Mt. Hood is now at 5800 acres and doesn't appear to be threatening Portland's water supply as previously feared. And near Sisters the Shadow Lake fire is now at about 10,000 acres. 

Firefighters are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to aggressively build fire line along the Shadow Lake Fire’s northwestern flank this week, and hope to shut the door on the fire’s westward movement. Lower temperatures and relative humidity, combined with a moderate westerly wind are expected to suppress the fire’s growth through the remainder of this week. Because of the favorable fire and weather outlook, Clear Lake Resort and Coldwater Cove Campground area will reopen this weekend. The fire is approximately 10,000 acres, no change from Monday. “We’ve been looking for a way to shut the door on this fire,” Operations Chief Mike Matarrese said. “On Monday, we found the hinges. This week, we hope to install the door.” It’s close to 10,000 acres, and 30% contained.


Traffic & Weather





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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