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Microwave Fire
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This is a photo showing smoke from the Microwave Fire and the steep, forested terrain where the fire is burning.
Microwave Fire - Steep, forested terrain
Updated: 11:20 a.m.; Friday, September 4, 2009
 
Fire Managers declared the Microwave Fire 100 percent contained the evening of  September 3.  Crews will remain on the fire to continue mop-up operations; hauling out unused fire hose, equipment and garbage from the fireline; rehabilitate fire lines; and to patrol the fire. 
 
It is not uncommon for some areas within the fire boundary to continue to smolder even after 100 percent containment.  Area residents and motorists traveling on Interstate 84 will likely see smoke and minor flare-ups of flame for some time.  Please do not call firefighting agencies unless the new flames are clearly outside of the boundaries of the Microwave Fire.  If you are uncertain, please call 911.
 
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail between Hood River and Mosier remains closed until further notice.  Fire Managers and State Park officials are very concerned about the hazards to the public caused by rolling rocks and debris.  The fire has consumed much of the ground vegetation above the trail which has caused the steep slopes to become unstable. Specialists will evaluate the instability to determine if the hazards can be mitigated and when the trail could be opened.  Officials warn that the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail at a minimum will be closed over the Labor Day Weekend
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3, Incident Commander Nancy Hirsch, turned the Microwave Fire over to a local fire management organization at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1. The transition team is a unified command structure between ODF and the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area.
 
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 was dispatched on Friday, August 28, to manage the fire, reported Thursday night, August 27, burning three miles from the Columbia Gorge community of Mosier.
 
The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office Incident Management Green Team under Incident Commander John Ingrao also was mobilized and the fire was managed under a Unified Command until Sunday afternoon, August 30, when the threat to the Mosier community lessened and the Incident Management Green Team demobilized.
 
Other cooperators include the Oregon State Police, Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Unit of the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, Oregon Department of Transportation, Pacific Power and Light, Union Pacific Railroad, the American Red Cross, and Rural Fire Districts.
 
Unless the situation changes, this will be the final update on this fire.
 
For more information call 541-490-0961.


 

Quick Facts
Updated: 11:30 a.m.; Friday, September 4, 2009
 
Location:Adjacent to the west side of Mosier, OR
Approximate Size:1224 acres
Containment:100 percent
Start Date:August 27, 2009; 9:00 p.m.
Cause:Under investigation
Contained:September 3, 2009
Estimated Cost:$2.75 million
Evacuations:None
Closures:Historic Columbia River State Trail between Hood River and Mosier
Incident Commanders:Rick Wagner, Oregon Department of Forestry
Roland Rose, U.S. Forest Service
For More Information:Microwave Fire Information 541-490-0961
www.oregon.gov/odf/microwavefire.shtml and
www.inciweb.org/incident/1866


News Releases
 
Microwave Fire Media Advisory: Friday, September 4, 2009 - Microwave Fire 100% Contained
 
Microwave Fire Media Advisory: Thursday afternoon, September 3, 2009 @ 1730 hours 
 
Microwave Fire Information Update: Thursday morning, September 3, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Information Update: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Information Update: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Information Update: Monday, August 31, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Morning Information Update: Sunday, August 30, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Evening Information Update: Saturday, August 29, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Afternoon Information Update: Saturday, August 29, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Morning Information Update: Saturday, August 29, 2009 
 
Microwave Fire Update: 2015 hours; Friday, August 28, 2009

More Information and Contacts
 
Microwave Fire Information: 541-490-0961
 
Maps and more information and photos on the Microwave Fire are available on Inciweb at:  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1866/