Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The Mile Marker 28 fire near Goldendale, Wash., expanded over the weekend and Monday to an estimated 20,337 acres but firefighters made some headway on containment, which was listed at 25 percent as of Monday night.
Evacuations were reduced from immediate to precautionary at noon Monday in areas north of Box Canyon Road, and to the advisory level in areas east of US Highway 97 and south of Box Canyon Road within specific sections. Cleveland and Bickleton area evacuation levels set July 28 remain unchanged and Highway 97 remains closed until further notice.
Non-emergency vehicle traffic north of Satus Pass is prohibited, although local traffic may use the highway to access their homes.
A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Our Father’s House Fellowship, 207 S. Klickitat St., in Goldendale, according to an announcement from the organization.
Red Cross volunteers from around Oregon and Washington chapters are managing three shifts to welcome and care for clients. Even those who don’t want to stay at the shelter may come in for meals. The shelter also serves as a community center where people affected by the fire can get information about fire status, resources for kenneling pets and livestock, register with Red Cross Safe and Well, and stay occupied with games and puzzles.
Red Cross health service and disaster mental health volunteers have been made available to help residents affected by the fire.
So far the shelter has provided 518 meals and snacks and 11 overnight stays.
Fire responders planned today to begin mop-up along existing control lines and continue to build control lines for full containment.
Total personnel working the fire increased over the weekend from about 800 to 1,345, representing 13 local, state, federal and tribal organizations, according to Inciweb reports. The fire is experiencing active growth on its east end.
In southern Wasco County, containment of the 51,340-acre Sunnyside Turnoff Fire grew to 95 percent Monday, according to an Inciweb report. Total fire personnel have been decreased to 499, with those released assigned to other emerging fires in Oregon and Washington.
The fire is being turned over to a local incident management team.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge