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Voice of America 13 Aug 2020

Growing Oregon Fire Forces Evacuations


A wildfire that started between Hood River and The Dalles in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge grew quickly Wednesday afternoon, prompting mandatory evacuations.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday evening that she'd signed an emergency declaration to make more resources available.

About 7 p.m. forestry department spokesperson Christie Shaw estimated the blaze at 50 acres, but by about 8:15 p.m. the forestry department said it had increased to 200 acres.


Oregon firefighter on battling massive wildfires
Fires spread in Napa County, California, forcing evacuations and threatening remote vineyards, Wednesday, August 19.
Winds gusting to 50 mph fanned dozens of catastrophic wildfires Wednesday across a large swath of Washington state and Oregon that rarely experiences such intense fire activity because of the Pacific Northwest's cool and wet climate. (Sept. 9)
Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry, said that Oregon has never experienced "the tremendous loss and destructive fire nature" that the current wildfires have unleashed on the state. Aired on 09/10/2020.

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