The White River wildfire that sparked 10 days ago south of Mt. Hood has grown in the last 24 hours. A billowing plume of smoke rising high above the ridgeline was captured on our Toyota Mountain Cameras. The Vista cam shows the towering plume Thursday afternoon.
The fire incident map shows the fire moving southwesterly more quickly than to the north, which is about 8 miles from Mt. Hood Meadows. Our Top of Blue Camera time-lapse (above) shows activity in that area has been growing since Wednesday afternoon - and it burned through the night.
Fire Incident Map
As of Thursday afternoon, the fire has grown to 2,775 acres and is 10% contained. Over 500 personnel from six crews have been working on the fire, including five helicopters. Sadly, a firefighter piloting a helicopter was killed in a crash Monday. According to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Thomas Duffy of Bozeman, Montana was conducting bucket drops to help battle the White River Fire.
Forest Fire Restrictions