Blaze on Mount Hood grows overnight
Sunday, September 11, 2011
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- Officials say a blaze fueled by lichens and mosses burning in forest treetops on the north side of Mount Hood grew considerably overnight and moved a mile to the north.
Fire spokesman Mike Heilman says the fire is expected to grow as warmer, drier weather and decreased humidity is forecasted Sunday. Smoke and ash from the blaze are expected to drift toward communities in the west.
The Dollar Lake fire is estimated at 5,843 acres on Sunday morning.
The fire remains about three miles from the Bull Run Watershed, which supplies 900,000 people in Portland with water, and about 9 miles from the nearest structures.
The blaze began on Aug. 27.