Friday, August 5, 2022 9:00 a.m.
Miller Road Fire Information: (503) 383-9278 (8am – 6pm)
Estimated Size: 11,186
Wasco County, OR – Cautious optimism was the tone on day two of the Miller Road Fire. Light winds and moderate temperatures on Wednesday allowed Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) task forces and Oregon Department of Forestry crews to start mop up operations.
The fire is still estimated at 11,186 acres and is now 25 percent contained. Today’s weather will remain moderate, giving crews another great opportunity ahead of next week’s forecasted triple-digit heat.
“The big push is to make as much progress as we can ahead of the upcoming extreme weather,” said Scott Magers, OSFM Blue Team Incident Commander. “Our crews have worked around the clock to get us in a good position to protect lives and homes in Juniper Flat.”
Friday also brings additional resources into Wasco County. A Type-2 interagency incident management team, Northwest Interagency Management Team (IMT) 8, joined OSFM and is in unified command. The two teams will work together to provide support to the firefighters.
Crews will continue today to increase mop up operations, building towards the goal of 100 feet from the fire’s perimeter.
“We’re thankful for the support of the Oregon Department of Forestry,” Magers said. “Their collaboration and teamwork helped us follow through on our mission of protecting life and property.”
Evacuation orders remain in place. The latest evacuation information can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff.
The evacuation shelter at Dufur High School remains open at 802 NE 5th Street. All roads throughout the area remained open to the public.