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Doug Kelly started Dec. 1 as Chief Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal for West Side Fire District, succeeding Jim Trammell, who has retir…

The local area remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched thin across the region and nation.  Due to these conditions, the Mt. Hood National Forest is temporarily closing to public access.  This includes developed campgrounds, dispersed camping, day use areas, wilderness areas, and all forest roads and trails.

This closure goes into effect at 6:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. 

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The White River Fire grew Friday, and additional residences were given notice to evacuate at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 29, 2020.

As of 11 a.m., the fire was 9,791 acres and 10 percent contained, according to incident command. The fire began in the Mount Hood National Forest in Wasco County.