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FIRE ROARS WEST

SHIFTING WINDS spread the Blackburn Fire toward the north and west Aug. 21 and scattered ash as far away as Parkdale.

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SHIFTING WINDS spread the Blackburn Fire toward the north and west Aug. 21 and scattered ash as far away as Parkdale.



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Lee Winstein, who lives in the 4000 block of Obrist Road southeast of The Dalles talks to reporters during a media tour Wednesday afternoon. At that time, the fire was very visible a few miles from his isolated home.

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FLAMES SHOOT high into the air, above, on the Blackburn Fire as viewed from the top of Sevenmile Hill early this morning. “I watched the fire for about an hour and it was unreal,” said area resident Scott Hege. “From something like 10 miles away I could see incredibly large flareups the whole time that must have been over a hundred feet and incredibly intense pink light.”

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46 years ago today IN AUGUST 1967 the Schoolmarm Springs Fire swept through many of the same lands where the Blackburn Fire is burning today. The Chronicle reported Aug. 22 that the fire was brought under control. “I saw it as a kid when my folks lived in Dallesport,” said Ed Goodman. “I remember sitting on the rocks and watching the planes. The Chronicle report said the blaze was estimated at as much as 12,000 acres at the time. About 750 men reportedly battled the blaze.

— A change in wind direction and the threat of evening thunderstorms had firefighters worried as the day shift headed out to the Government Flats Fire Complex Thursday morning...

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