Crews gain ground on Dry Creek Fire

State Highway 141 open with pilot car access

Hartland fire in ‘patrol status’

CENTERVILLE — A small fire east of Mount Adams has been put in “patrol status” following a quick response by state Department of Natural Resources.

The Hartland Fire has burned about 14 acres, Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 14 officials said.

The fire began Tuesday, and Natural Resources responded with three aircraft, a strike team and a 10-person ground crew.

The High Prairie Fire Department provided a 4,000-gallon tender.

High Prairie personnel monitored the fire Wednesday, and a Natural Resources crew mopped up hotspots.

“The Hartland Fire will be in what DNR refers to as ‘patrol status,’ High Prairie Fire Chief Tim Darland said. “DNR will patrol the area for the next three days for any hot spots or smoke. If, after that time, no signs of fire are observed, DNR will call the fire ‘out.’”

— Fire crews are gaining ground on the 337-acre Dry Creek Fire burning near state Highway 141 north of White Salmon.

According to Norwest Incident Management Team 6 Cmdr. Shawn Sheldon, crews had the blaze approximately 35 percent contained on Thursday.

Resources fighting the fire include 685 personnel, 28 crews and engines, two aircraft and two dozers, he said.

“State Route 141 is open,” a statement from the commander said. “A pilot car will escort traffic through the fire area from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Overnight, there will be no escort.”

The fire is burning in timber and brush near the highway.

Fire crews are trying to get more of the blaze contained before temperatures heat up tomorrow and Saturday.

“Water tanks, pumps and hoses installed along the entire perimeter improved firefighters’ effectiveness in extinguishing remaining hot spots,” the statement said yesterday. “Hand-held infra-red sensors were also used overnight to detect and extinguish heat.”

Crews were optimistic that a cool front moving through the area yesterday would bolster containment efforts and allow for full containment in the coming days, despite the forecasted warmup.

“The portion of the fire meeting suppression objectives is increasing rapidly, and fire officials anticipate concluding major operations sometime this weekend,” the statement said.



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