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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wildfire breaks out south of Hood River early Tuesday - updated 6:30 a.m.

Oregon Department of Forestry firefighters responded to a 50-75 acre wildfire early on June 18 about 10 miles south of the community of Hood River. Reported at 3:45 a.m, the fire is burning on Hood River County forestry land. ODF has four fire engines and one bulldozer at the scene. A helicopter and five hand crews are being dispatched this morning.

The U.S. Forest Service is assisting with a hand crew, a fire engine and overhead personnel.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Conditions in central Oregon are extremely dry for this time of year, and the public is asked to be especially mindful of fire safety precautions when visiting the forest.
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