EARLY SEASON WILDFIRE BURNS 45 ACRES News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry Posted on FlashAlert: June 21st, 2016 10:39 AM
A wildfire ignited Monday afternoon burning approximately 45 acres, five miles west of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District. The Chenoweth Fire began around 5:20 p.m. on state-protected land and burned through the night before crews could extinguish all visible flames. Alongside the crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, a private contractor, Steelhead Enterprises, pitched in fighting this fire. Firefighters will continue to strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. They expect to have the fire fully contained within a few hours, and will work on hot spots the rest of the day. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.