MOSIER - A wildfire that briefly threatened the small town of Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge was in retreat Saturday as cooler weather and lighter winds aided fire crews who were quickly gaining control.

Evacuation notices were lifted and power was restored in the city of about 480 people.

The cause of the Microwave Fire remained undetermined.

But investigators have identified the site of the fire's origin near a microwave tower that gave the blaze its name.

Firefighters and residents say there was no lightning on Thursday night, the usual natural cause of Oregon wildfires.

The blaze swept across about 1,000 acres of oak and grass savanna, and also burned conifer forests, the mix of vegetation typical of the ridges in the gorge.

No serious injuries or major damage were reported.

Mosier Mayor Andrea Rogers said she would start organizing a community cookout to celebrate.

She said residents with a freezer full of meat that began thawing when the power went out offered the food because it would go to waste if not cooked soon.

"This really brought our community together," Rogers said. "I'm feeling very happy."

The fire was not considered contained, and fire crews said gorge winds could still cause problems.

Rogers said most people left Mosier when fire officials suggested a voluntary evacuation on Friday.

It appeared, however, that few if any people living in the ridges above town, who supposedly were under mandatory evacuation orders, actually left.

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