Crews get early jump on wildfire near The Dalles

Crews get early jump on wildfire near The Dalles »Play Video
A wildfire burns west of The Dalles on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Photo courtesy Tamara Eidler.

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THE DALLES, Ore. - A wildfire burned west of The Dalles on Sunday, sending billows of smoke into the sky.

Several fire crews from different areas responded and were working to contain the fire, which had spread up to 70 acres by late Sunday. The fire was centered in the Eagle Caves area.

The blaze is being called the Chenowith Rim Fire.

Firefighters we talked to said while winds were high and not expected to die down, crews got a good jump on the blaze and were confident they would be able to keep it under control.

By Sunday night they had it 70 percent contained. "I'm glad to know they are going to be here overnight," Sharon Hotchkiss said of firefighters standing vigil in the area.

No one was injured as a result of the fire and no structures were lost, although homes were threatened. Some homeowners used hoses to try to keep the flames at bay.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Video report courtesy of Dave Richards, tow truck driver who works in the area

Other Western Wildfires

Colorado: More than 150 National Guard soldiers and airmen are helping Colorado Springs police staff roadblocks and patrol streets after a deadly wildfire killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes.

Idaho: At least 60 homes near Pocatello, Idaho, burned in a fast-moving wildfire that started Thursday evening. The blaze covered more than 1½ square miles. Officials said it was human-caused but gave no details.

Utah: Residents of nearly a thousand homes in Herriman, just southwest of Salt Lake City, were under an evacuation order Saturday after a wildfire burned through the area, destroying at least four houses and several other structures, authorities said. Fire crews appeared to have the 350-acre Rose Crest fire at bay Friday evening. A 70-square-mile wildfire in Utah's Sanpete County destroyed at least 160 structures, more than 50 of them primary homes.

Wyoming: A day of hot, dry, windy weather kept firefighters from making much headway Friday on two large, out-of-control wildfires. The third large wildfire in Medicine Bow National Forest in the southeast part of the state quickly overwhelmed initial firefighting efforts and forced the evacuation of about 100 homes, officials said Friday.

Montana: Residents of eastern and central Montana who evacuated due to wildfires are returning to find neighborhoods scorched and many houses reduced to piles of ash. Fire officials said Friday that 70 homes burned in the 20,000-acre Dahl fire south of Roundup. At least two dozen structures were reported burned in a 270-square-mile fire in the Ashland.