Rowena wildfire grows to 1900 acres

, Posted in Regional, Posted: Thu, August 7 2014 at 8:52 AM, Updated: Thu, August 7 2014 at 9:12 AM

(KGW) Fire officials say that the Rowena fire has grown to 1900 acres. 275 homes are under Level-3 evacuation, (approximately 600 people displaced), and 600 homes are threatened.

The Rowena fire began in brush Tuesday night in weather conditions that had fire officials worried.

Firefighters feared the Rowena fire would spread as the gorge's famed winds kicked up to as much as 40 mph Wednesday.

"We've got a challenging fire on our hands," fire spokesman Justin de Ruyter said. "We're going to be at the mercy of Mother Nature today."

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