With the Mosier Creek Fire quickly growing, the Oregon Department of Forestry has issued new evacuation warnings to those in the area.
The update comes just a few days after Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a declaration of emergency in order to secure more help and funds to fight the wildfire along the Columbia River in Wasco County.
I have invoked an emergency declaration to make more resources available to the fire crews on the front lines at the #MosierCreekFire. I ask Oregonians to remember that preventing wildfires is critical this year. Be cautious and honor all burn bans. https://t.co/gIGkJLq16q
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) August 13, 2020
The Mosier Creek Fire began on August 12 and has since consumed nearly 800 acres of land.
As of Thursday, the evacuation warning — which means residents must be ready to leave at a moment’s notice — has been extended toward the Chenowith area to the East of Mosier Creek.
The red alert areas are spaces that should already be evacuated.
For more information, and to see the map of all forest fires within the state of Oregon, go to the ArcGIS dashboard. For those in the Wasco County area affected by the Mosier Creek Fire, reach out to the Red Cross for assistance, and follow instruction from the Department of Forestry in regards to evacuations.
Taking a look at the Daily Hive Weather page, the region is in for a long weekend of high temperatures and no break from the sun. An extreme heat warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.