1 killed, evacuations ordered as 79,121-acre Substation Fire burns in The Dalles, Oregon
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
July 22, 2018, 4:13:36 PM EDT
A tractor operator has died and more than 79,000 acres have burned in a wildfire southeast of a city in Wasco County, Oregon, named The Dalles.
Deputies found the person who died in the Substation Fire while responding to a call about a burned tractor early Wednesday afternoon, according to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.
According to reports, the traffic operator died from fire exposure. Investigators believe the tractor operator was trying to create a fire line in an effort to help suppress the Substation Fire.
Good news on the #SubstationFire - the Sherman Co. Sheriff’s Office says everything west of Hwy 97 now reduced to a Level 2 evacuation order, meaning be set to go. Here is an updated evacuation map for Wasco and Sherman counties. pic.twitter.com/2PdULMHrno— Christine Pitawanich (@CPitawanichKGW) July 21, 2018
The fire began burning out of control Tuesday night.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing wildfire and increasing fire activity.
On Friday, evacuations were reduced to a Level 2 west of U.S. Highway 97, including Moro, Grass Valley and Kent.
The fire closed a 67-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 97 from Biggs Junction at the Columbia Gorge south to the Highway 197 junction earlier this past week, officials said. The highway reopened on Thursday morning, according to KTVZ.
Oof. Here's a loss from the Substation Fire outside of The Dalles. pic.twitter.com/D6NvGVBeWn— Mike Hodges (@MikeHodges503) July 18, 2018
The Charles E. Nelson house was one of the most photographed homes in Oregon and it was destroyed by the fire.
The #Substationfire is currently burning near my family’s ranch on the Deschutes (near The Dalles). The fire size has ballooned-positive thoughts are sure appreciated.— Kelsey Adkisson (@KelseyAdkisson) July 18, 2018
Thank you to all the firefighters out there helping local farmers!https://t.co/b2eG76Maze…
📷 Mike Hulse pic.twitter.com/5rON8HQX99
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