Blaze near Mount Hood grows by 1,000 acres
Saturday, September 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Strong winds are fanning a fire on Mount Hood's skirts as the forest blaze grew an estimated 1,000 acres from Saturday to Sunday.
The Mount Hood fire is one of four significant hot spots burning in Oregon as the warm and sunny weather lingers.
Officials say the fire near Mount Hood -- dubbed the Dollar Lake Fire -- is now nearly 4,000 acres big with only about 3 percent contained. Nearly 500 firefighters along with air support are attempting to stop the fire from spreading to private and county lands nearby, as well as electric transmission lines.
Meanwhile, a 1,500-acre fire west of Sisters continues to enjoy aid from the warm weather. Crews there evacuated campgrounds on Saturday.
A smoky haze hung over Portland and southwest Washington, obscuring the Cascade Mountains on Saturday.