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Wildfire burns 100 acres near The Dalles; cause under investigation

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Photo courtesy: Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District Photo courtesy: Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District
Photo courtesy: Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District Photo courtesy: Oregon Department of Forestry, Central Oregon District
THE DALLES, OR (KPTV) -

An early season wildfire burned 100 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Chenoweth Fire began around 5:20 p.m. Monday on state-protected land and burned through the night about five miles west of The Dalles.

By Tuesday morning, the Oregon Department of Forestry said crews had put out all visible flames.

Oregon Department of Forestry crews were joined by a private contractor, Steelhead Enterprises, in fighting this fire.

Firefighters continued to strengthen trails Tuesday to create a containment buffer.

The fire was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday afternoon. Crews were planning to continue to monitor hot spots for the rest of the day.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire was originally reported to be 45 acres, but Oregon Department of Forestry workers said re-mapping showed the fire was actually closer to 100 acres. 

Fire danger level is low to moderate throughout the state, with warmer weather expected to return this weekend.

So far this year, lightning has started 32 fires that burned 2,125 acres around the state. There have been 154 human-caused fires that have burned 177 acres, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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