Columbia Gorge fire now 40-percent contained

By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a wildfire that has burned about 100 acres just west of the Klickitat County community of Lyle.

A bulletin from the U.S. Forest Service said the Major Creek Fire was 40 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Thursday. The fire was reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday and quickly grew under windy and dry conditions.

The fire's spread was checked before it could cross Major Creek and threaten homes and agricultural land on the creek's eastern side, the bulletin said.

County Road 8 will remain closed near the fire through Friday.

The fire is under the jurisdiction of the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Three crews, seven engines and two helicopters have been committed to fighting the fire, with 130 people involved.