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Fire that prompted I-84 closure in eastern Oregon now fully contained

I-84 was temporarily closed Thursday from Pendleton and Ontario due to the 365 wildfire.

BOISE, Idaho — I-84 between Pendleton and Ontario was temporally closed Thursday, due to a wildfire by the roadway.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said Friday that the 365 Fire burned 1,258 acres and is now 100% contained.

On Thursday, eastbound lanes of I-84 were closed from Exit 216, 6 miles east of Pendleton, to Exit 374 near Ontario, Oregon. Highway closures were lifted late Thursday night.

The closure stretched for nearly 160 miles due to the limited amount of parking space in Baker City and La Grande, which the Oregon Department of Transportation said would create an "unsafe condition for those communities."

Strong winds and high temperatures Thursday night made the fight difficult for firefighters. Air tankers dropped buckets of retardant to slow the fire's progression.

The BLM said that guard rails along the freeway and power poles have been damaged, but there are no structures threatened at this time.

The wildfire started with a vehicle fire on the eastbound side of I-84, but no injuries have been reported, according to the BLM.

To get updates on road conditions, visit TripCheck.com or call 503-588-2941.

Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation
I-84 eastbound lanes closed due to wildfire, south of Baker City.

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