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US Forest Service and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue firefighters work a fire line on Mountain View Drive on Sevenmile Hill in The Dalles.
Kathy Ursprung photo

Photo by Kathy Ursprung
US Forest Service and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue firefighters work a fire line on Mountain View Drive on Sevenmile Hill in The Dalles. Kathy Ursprung photo



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A firefighter lugs a chainsaw across his shoulder as he joins fellow firefighters in knocking down fuels beyond a backfire where a burn pile spread out of control.

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Firefighters head back to work on the Mill Creek Fire Friday, May 3, carrying chainsaws and other equipment to knock down fire fuels. Kathy Ursprung photo

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A US Forest Service firefighter notches a tree for felling Friday, May 3, at the Mill Creek Fire. Kathy Ursprung photo

Just as Oregon’s Wildfire Awareness week gets under way, firefighters are hoping two simultaneous fires Friday, May 3 — one on Sevenmile Hill and another on Mill Creek — are not a glimpse of worse to come...

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