Dry Creek fire in Washington grows to 400 acres

The fire started Friday night

The fire, near White Salmon, Washington, as seen on July 9, 2017. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire)
The fire, near White Salmon, Washington, as seen on July 9, 2017. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire)

WHITE SALMON, Wash. (KOIN) — Multiple wildfires are burning in Oregon and Washington, with one in the Columbia River Gorge growing to 400 acres by Monday morning, threatening at least 10 homes in the area.

The fire, near White Salmon, Washington, as seen on July 9, 2017. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire)
The fire, near White Salmon, Washington, as seen on July 9, 2017. (Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire)

The Dry Creek Fire, about 12 miles north of White Salmon, started Friday night and later grew on Saturday, according to state fire officials. It’s currently the largest wildfire burning in the area.

There are more than 140 firefighters working to contain the blaze. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, one when a tree fell on his back and the other with minor burns.

The massive fire was only about 10% contained as of noon Monday.

Washington State Department of Transportation said State Route 141 was closed and would remain closed in both directions due to the fire.

Elizabeth Jones, who lives near this wildfire, said she’s been warned by the sheriff’s office she might have to pack up and leave.

“It’s really your responsibility when you live this close to timber to have a defensible space in your property,” Jones told KOIN 6 News. “My husband’s been really intelligent about that. I guess it’s the risk you take to live in a space so beautiful.”

She said even though she lives slightly more than a mile from the fire she hasn’t smelled any smoke because of the way the wind is blowing.

Charley Burns, the task force leader for the Washington DNR, said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Another big fire in the area is the Ana Fire in south-central Oregon, near Summer Lake Lodge.

The wind-driven fire broke out July 8 and has since exploded to 6,200 acres, which is about the size of Oregon City.

By Monday, the fire was about 20 percent contained.

More than 350 firefighters are working to knock down the fire. A level 2 evacuation notice, which means people need to be ready to go at any time, is in effect south of Summer Lake Lodge.