Larch Creek Fire Continues to Spread, New Evacuation Rules Enacted
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Larch Creek Fire Continues to Spread, New Evacuation Rules Enacted

Larch Creek Fire Continues to Spread, New Evacuation Rules Enacted

The Larch Creek Fire has expanded to more than 1,500 acres. (Wasco County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Larch Creek Fire, burning 16 miles south of The Dalles, has been growing rapidly since it broke out Tuesday afternoon, growing to more than 10 square miles in less than 24 hours.

A Level 3 evacuation was issued at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night as the fire continued to spread. By 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the blaze had burned through 7,000 acres.


Level 3 “GO NOW” evacuations from Clark Miller Road east to J Hix Road, north to Kingley-Friend Market Road and south to Badger Creek Road remain in effect. Level 2 “GET SET” evacuations from McCorkle Road, south to Happy Ridge Road, east to J Hix Road and west to Forest Service Road 2700 also remain in effect.

New Level 1 “GET READY” evacuation rules are in place from Elliott Road east to Kingsley Road and Dufur Gap Road north to Friend Road, while the original evacuation rules for Tygh Valley, Wamic and Pine Hollow remain unchanged.

Larch Creek Fire evacuation map on July 10, 2024 (WCSO)

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said a shelter has been set up at Maupin High School for evacuees.

Officials said Tuesday that fire conditions were dangerous due to hot, dry and dusty conditions in the area.

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Tina Kotek invoked the Emergency Firefighting Act in response to the fire, which allows the state fire marshal to mobilize state resources to protect life and property.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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