Firefighters hold against Dollar Lake blaze
Friday, September 9, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Firefighters will continue holding actions on the west flank of a fire near Mount Hood that is 3 miles from a reservoir that provides drinking water to nearly 1 million Portland residents.
The U.S. Forest Service reports the Dollar Lake fire is no longer threatening communities, but on Saturday closed a few more campgrounds, roads and trails. The fire is burning about 16 miles south of the town of Hood River.
Unburned fuels ignited in the Ladd Creek drainage, as firefighters were pushing into the north, south and east flanks to conduct mop-up duty.
On Friday, firefighters reported isolated blazes and pockets of fire runs, and used helicopters to drop water on hot spots.
The fire is nine miles from the nearest structures.