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Fire plagues region; news photos from Friday afternoon

THE DALLES, OREGON - Aug 8, 2014 -  Fire crews on both the ground and in the air set fires Friday morning to burn off fuel sources in the path of the wind-driven Rowena fire, west of The Dalles. Here, firefighters stand ready along Highway 30 near the back-burning.

THE DALLES, OREGON - Aug 8, 2014 - Fire crews on both the ground and in the air set fires Friday morning to burn off fuel sources in the path of the wind-driven Rowena fire, west of The Dalles. Here, firefighters stand ready along Highway 30 near the back-burning. Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian

Progress made on Rowena Fire:

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THE DALLES, OREGON - Aug 8, 2014 - Firefighters use hoses to reinforce a fire line as other fire crews on both the ground and in the air set fires Friday morning to burn off fuel sources in the path of the wind-driven Rowena fire, west of The Dalles.

Grass fire east of Wishram, Friday afternoon:

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A fast moving grass fire burns along Highway 14 in Washington, viewed from the Oregon shore near the mouth of the Deschutes River east of The Dalles Friday afternoon. Maryhill Museum, a few miles east, was heavily inundated with smoke. Photo is a combination of four images taken with a phone camera.

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A Klickitat County fire crew extinguishes flames along the north side of Highway 14 east of Wishram Friday afternoon, Aug. 8. The fast moving grass fire inundated Maryhill Museum, a few miles to the east, with heavy smoke.

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Crews pull back hose as they extinguish a grass fire along the north edge of Highway 14 east of Wishram, Wash, Friday afternoon, Aug. 8.

Brush fire at Biggs Junction Friday:

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A fire in Biggs Junction closed the Pilot truck stop, located on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles, which was occupied only by fire vehicles Friday afternoon, Aug. 8.

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A fireman mops up a brushy area west of the Pilot truck stop at Biggs Junction Friday afternoon, Aug 8. The fire forced the struck stop to close its fuel sales. Mark B. Gibson photo

Grass fire at Junction of Browns Creek and Chenowith Road:

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Diana Bailey talks with Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill about a mandatory evacuation briefly in place for a number of homes in the Wahtonka Road area of Sandlin Road, off Cherry Heights road south of The Dalles, Friday afternoon, Aug. 8. The fire, which ignited at the junction of Chenowith and Browns Creek roads, was quickly extinguished and the evacuation lifted.

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A firefighter moves out to work on a short-lived fire that started at the junction of Chenowith and Browns Creek roads Friday afternoon, Aug. 8. Some homes west of Sandlin Road, upslope from the fire, were evacuated for a short time.

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A firefighter extinguishes flames in an orchard at the junction of Chenowith and Browns Creek roads early Friday afternoon, Aug. 8. The fire was short lived, but did result in temporary evacuations of some homes on the west side of Sandlin Road, which was upslope from the fire.

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