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Fires merge, at 32,000 acres

The tug Granite Point sits moored near Dallesport awaiting the reopening of river traffic through the Columbia River Gorge, which was shut down by the US Coast Guard from Reed Island (near Corbett) to Bonneville Dam Tuesday night. Photograph was taken from the Union Street dock in The Dalles.

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The tug Granite Point sits moored near Dallesport awaiting the reopening of river traffic through the Columbia River Gorge, which was shut down by the US Coast Guard from Reed Island (near Corbett) to Bonneville Dam Tuesday night. Photograph was taken from the Union Street dock in The Dalles.



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The captain of the tug Lori B waits out the closure of the Columbia River at the Bernert yard dock on River Road in The Dalles. He was hauling a barge load of sand.

Tall timber contributed to explosive fire behavior Tuesday as the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires merged to cover an estimated 32,000 acres, according to a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting this morning...

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