Rain slows growth of Columbia Gorge fire

The Dalles, OR - Growth has slowed on that wind-whipped wildfire in the Columbia Gorge after overnight thunderstorms dropped a tenth of an inch of rain.

But the new moisture and high humidity also meant firefighters could not conduct burnouts Friday to strengthen fire lines on the western front of the Government Flat Complex.

The fire has grown to 18 square miles and moved about three miles into the Mount Hood National Forest. The fire is 20 percent contained and continues to get more firefighters, which now number more than 1,000.

No more structures have burned, but evacuation orders remain in effect for scattered rural residents on the northern flank of Mount Hood in an area about 10 miles southwest of The Dalles.