Fire Watch: Red flag reminds us to keep our guards up

Photo from Hood River Waterfront Park, directly across the river from a fire on the cliffs below the community of Underwood, near White Salmon, Wash. Sept. 11, 2014.

A wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on a cliff near White Salmon, below the community of Underwood, just west of the White Salmon River bridge, coming close to a home on the bluff.

Fire agencies in Klickitat County are responding, and agencies in Hood River County were put on standby.

The fire was burning brush and some trees on a 200-yard stretch of the cliff face, overlooking the Columbia River, but there are no reports of property damage. Traffic was stopped in both directions on Washington Route 14 for about a half hour, but was flowing both directions by about 3:30.

The fire did not affect traffic crossing the Hood River Bridge. At this time, the cause and extent of the fire are still unknown.

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