Local crew joins firefight in east Oregon

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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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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