July 3, 2013
A couple peers from Memaloose Overlook at a wildfire burning across the Columbia River in Washington near Major Creek, which lies between Catherine Creek and Lyle. As of press time, the fire had burned 150 acres and was 40-percent contained, with full containment or near-full containment expected for Friday evening.
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Between the hot, windy weather in the Gorge and revelers setting off fireworks both legal and not, this past Fourth of July holiday and the days surrounding it were primed for wildfires.
A wildfire that started west of Lyle Wednesday afternoon and burned 150 acres of U.S. Forest Service and Native American trust land was at 40-percent containment as of Friday morning, according to Stan Hinatsu, recreation program manager for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area office in Hood River.