Fire closes rest area east of Hood River, jumps I-84, Level 1 evacuation in effect

    A wildfire burns east of Hood River, Oregon as seen from the Washington side of the Columbia River Friday, July 6, 2018. The fire started at the Memaloose Rest Area along Interstate 84. (Photo: Debora Wilson-Boeder)

    A fire that started burning in Memaloose State Park on Friday afternoon near Interstate 84, about nine miles east of Hood River, jumped the freeway, according to Oregon State Police and forced the closure of the park and westbound Memaloose Rest Area.

    A Level 1 evacuation order for Rowenda Dell is now in effect. And Exit 76 and Highway 30 adjacent to the interstate is closed.

    OSP says high winds from the west are pushing the fire east.

    It said one building at the rest area was damaged.

    It said the fire started around 6 p.m.

    There are concerns about the fire, because of dry and windy conditions.

    The U.S. Forest Service said late Friday night the 50-acre fire was 20 percent contained. Crews are battling the fire that's burning in grass, scrub and brush.

    Two heavy air tankers dropped retardant to help ground crews. Two FireBoss scooper air tankers from the Washington Department of Natural Resources were also called in.

    Interstate 84 is open.

    The Forest Service said the fire was human caused. It is under investigation.

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