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Microwave Wildfire Update: 2015 hours; Friday, August 28, 2009
Fire-At-a-Glance:
Size: 800 acres
Location: Two miles west of Mosier, Oregon
Cause: Under investigation
Resources: Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 1, Incident Commander: Nancy Hirsch, ODF; Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Incident Management Green Team, Incident Commander: John Ingrao, OSFM
Evacuations: Oregon State Police initiated a voluntary evacuation of the town of Mosier at 2:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.
Closures: State Historic Columbia River Highway Trail is closed; Hatfield east and west trailheads are closed.
Information: 541-580-2789
 
The Oregon State Police initiated a voluntary evacuation of the town of Mosier, located approximately five miles east of the town of Hood River, at 2:55 p.m. today due to the threat of the Microwave Wildfire. An evacuation center has been set up at the Hood River Middle School. Residents should be aware that once they have evacuated the area, they will not be allowed re-entry until further notice.
 
Other closures in place include: State Historic Columbia River Highway Trail, and the Hatfield east and west trailheads.

The Microwave Fire, which was reported on Thursday evening, has burned approximately 800 acres. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are now in unified command of the fire.
 
ODF has mobilized Incident Management Team 3 under the direction of Incident Commander Nancy Hirsch. OSFM has mobilized its Incident Management Green Team under Incident Commander John Ingrao.
 
Structural protection task forces and strike teams are being provided by five counties: Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop and Umatilla.
 
Other cooperators include: Oregon State Police, Columbia River Gorge Natural Scenic Unit of the USDA Forest Service, and the Red Cross.
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