Boulder Fire coming on as Tunnel 5 fire hits 65 percent containment

By Tom Peterson
Columbia Community Connection
July 9, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States, US West

Firefighters are being pulled in multiple directions as multiple fires have broken out in Oregon, including the uncontained 60-acre Boulder Fire just 13 air miles west of Wamic in tall timber in the Mt. Hood National Forest. In Oregon, there are a total of 15 active fires with 2,108 acres burned, according to the state’s 2023 Wildfire Situation Dashboard. This comes as fire managers are getting an upper hand on the Tunnel 5 Fire near Underwood and White Salmon, Wash., along Highway 14 with a report of 65 percent containment July 9. …At the same time, The Alder Creek Fire east of us near Spray, Ore., and the John Day River has consumed more than 2,000 acres in Wheeler County. And just last night a fire was detected near Pine Grove southwest of Maupin near Highway 216. It is called the Kelly Springs Fire thus far, and there was no official number on the acres involved there.

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