Wildfire Breaks Out Near Hood River

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th June Newswildfire
A wildfire broke out before dawn Wednesday in the Columbia Gorge and spread quickly. The fire was in Hood River County forest land, on about 75 acres. Fires usually calm overnight with increasing humidity, but this one didn't. Rod Nichols of the state Department of Forestry tells The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1iGUsl4) it's "pretty unusual to have a fire spread so rapidly in the early morning hours." Half a dozen 20-person crews, fire engines, a bulldozer and a helicopter were sent to the fire. Lightning accompanied a storm that moved through the Portland metro region on Tuesday afternoon, but the National Weather Service said there was not a lot of lightning in Central Oregon. Nichols said the cause of the Hood River County fire hasn't been determined.

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