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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
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The Associated Press
The task force sent
Friday departed for a
Another Clatsop Coun- staging area in Enter-
ty task force was mobi- prise at about 12:30 a.m.
lized Friday morning by
David Rankin, Sea-
the State Fire Marshal for side Fire Department
response and assistance captain, is leading the
on the Grizzly Bear Fire task force that consists
in northeast Oregon near of personnel from Sea-
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ed to 12,000 acres.
and Clark, Warrenton
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force was dispatched to primarily be used for
Baker County to help structure protection.
protect homes and other
Smoke from the fires
structures threatened by drifted over the North
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end, clouding skies.
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saw little relief over the week-
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drought-stricken region, but
for those in Washington state,
other states will soon provide
additional resources.
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north-central Washington has
grown to cover 374 square
miles. Infrared mapping found
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miles Saturday evening.
Fire spokeswoman Su-
zanne Flory says there could
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Sunday if a cap of smoke lifts
from Okanogan County, as has
been forecast. When the smoke
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Flory says the good news
is that less smokes means re-
strictions on air travel will be
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downgraded some evacuation
notices, allowing some peo-
ple to return to their homes.
On Sunday evening, the
state Department of Health
said that should nearby wild-
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In an announcement, the
department said that radioac-
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Mine, which is about three
miles northwest of Wellpinit
on the Spokane Reservation,
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overtake the site as the nat-
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material stays in its original
rock form and does not burn.”
Local task force sent to
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University of Alaska Fairbanks firefighting students Preston Roberts, back, and Ben
Schrage send up a cloud of steam as they douse a hotspot left from a wildfire Sunday in
Chelan, Wash. Sixteen large wildfires are burning across central and eastern Washing-
ton, covering more than 920 square miles. More than 200 homes have been destroyed
and more than 12,000 homes and thousands of other structures remain threatened.
CALIFORNIA
Planes and helicopters were
making major liquid drops on a
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afternoon near a ski resort in
the San Bernardino Mountains,
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the blaze.
The U.S. Forest Service says
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Resort south of Big Bear Lake
has forced evacuation orders for
about 400 homes, many of them
cabins and vacation houses.
It has grown to 85 acres, but
it is 10 percent contained.
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were gaining ground against a
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tion of thousands of people and
destroyed a lodge in Kings Can-
yon National Park.
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to 7 percent, the U.S. Forest
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burned across more than 73
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At least 2,500 campers,
hikers, employees and resi-
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including staffers and summer
campers at The Hume Lake
Christian Camp.
Nobody was hurt when the
Kings Canyon lodge, which
bills itself as a folksy getaway
for tourists, was burned to its
foundation.
The
lightning-sparked
blaze has been burning for
three weeks. It is one of 15
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fornia.
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are bracing for a return to more
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scored thousands of acres and
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ed Sunday warned that gusty
winds and low humidity were
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Glacier National Park and the
Kootenai and Flathead nation-
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mile south of the town of Es-
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idents have been advised to be
ready to evacuate.
Fire spokesman Jonathan
Moor says crews are working
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Cooler temperatures and
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to pick up on Sunday, but since
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out of the southeast, they will
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that has already burned.
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miles since Aug. 12.
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also made progress Saturday
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and southeast Washington.
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square miles since Aug. 13.
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An immense cloud of smoke from wildfires across
the Pacific Northwest floats down the Columbia
River.
Highway 26 closed
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has covered about 26 acres,
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U.S. Highway 26 remained people, including personnel
closed Monday morning be- from the Oregon Department
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have been working to battle
of Manning.
The Oregon Department the blaze, which is about 10
of Transportation has diverted percent contained.
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26 opened sometime Monday,
according to ODOT District from smoke inhalation Satur-
day was taken to a Portland
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around 3:00 p.m. Saturday, were reported.
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