Friday, August 17, 2001
Firefighters from five Hood River agencies have joined the battle to extinguish nearly 250,000 acres of wildland fires now burning in Oregon.
Devon Wells, Hood River fire marshal, said more than 20 emergency responders from Hood River, West Side, Pine Grove, Odell and Parkdale fire departments have joined the battle to protect structures in the eastern sector of the state.
They are assigned to the Monument Complex fire three miles north of Monument. That blaze is a combination of seven fires and is threatening 27 homes and forcing the evacuation of seven more. According to Wells, so far, the fire has burned more than 20,000 acres.
Wells asks all Hood River residents to remember that, because of extreme fire danger, a total burn ban is in effect until a significant rainfall.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge