Hood River – The Miller Island Fire started yesterday afternoon on the eastern portion of the island located in the Columbia River within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Firefighters responded to the fire with the help of the Oregon State Police who provided a boat for transfer of the firefighters and two deputies to the island.
Last night, firefighters used the unique technique of swatting the fire out and employing low intensity burn out to stop the fire spread. Burn out was used to slow the spread of fire by setting low intensity fire inside a control line to consume fuel between the fire edge and the control line. This process resulted in less fire impacts to natural resources and provided for safety of the fire fighters.
The forward spread of the fire has stopped and the size is approximately 513 acres. Fire officials are monitoring the status of the fire today and will continue to minimize any impacts to resources.