Sherman County eNews #189


Sherman County: Substation Fire Updates and Information

 ASCO/SHERMAN CO: Substation Fire updates and information

Posted on July 19, 2018 

**Updated Evacuation Levels as of 10:00am July 19
Grass Valley Level 3
Biggs Jct Level 3
Hwy 30 from Deschutes State Park to Biggs Level 3

**Update as of 9:00am July 19th
The Substation Fire is now reported at just over 50,000 acres in size. Fire crews were able to hold the fire overnight with no additional structure loss. The weather today is expected to be similar to yesterday and crews will be working to get ahead of the fire to prevent any further structure loss. Today resource on the scene will include air resources, hand crews, dozers, and engines. Retardant will be dropped ahead of the fire to assist with growth

While rumors of arson have circulated around social media, the cause of the fire has yet to be identified.

Governor declares a state of emergency

Moro, OR – July 18, 2018 – The Substation Fire started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon and moved further east today. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south end of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected.

Level 3 evacuations (“Go”) increased to include Moro; level 2 evacuations (“Be Set”) grew to include the community of Wasco, south to the community of Kent and several miles east. More than 900 homes are in the Level 2 and level 3 areas. A Red Cross shelter is open at The Dalles Middle School at 1100 E. 12th St in The Dalles.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing threat of wildfire and increasing wildfire activity. The declaration makes available resources from around the state, and from outside of Oregon if necessary

As of Wednesday afternoon, 178 firefighters from 32 agencies across Oregon are focused on protecting structures in the line of the fire. Additional resources continue to arrive from around the state.

A wide variety of flying air tankers have been deployed to fight the Substation Fire. These include:

* Two 750-gallon capacity “Fire Bosses”

* Two ”Super Scooper” air tankers, capable of which are “scooping” 12,000 gallons of water from the Columbia River to drop on the fire

* A heavy air tanker which drops retardant on the fire

* Two Type-2 helicopters

*A VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker), which can carry 12,000 gallons of water, was also deployed.

Hwy 97 has been closed intermittently. Travelers are advised to check ODOT TripCheck for up-to-date information.

The Wasco Co. Sheriff’s Office confirmed one civilian fatality as a result of exposure to the fire.

A hotline for Substation Fire information has been established: 503-597-8076. Additional information is available here at

Road closures change by the hour. Please check ODOT TripCheck.

  • ODOT: Central Ore.: OR206 closed due to fire activity from jct. with I-84 to milepost 5.
  • ODOT: Central Ore.: US30 closed due to fire activity from Celilo to Biggs.
  • ODOT: Central Ore.: ODOT advising motorists that there is no fuel available north of Madras on US97. In addition, there are currently no fuel or other services available in Biggs due to wildfire related activity.