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Evacuation notices to be lifted

Sheriff said cool, rainy weather is reducing threat

All evacuations for the Government Flats Complex fire are expected to be lifted by Monday night, Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland said. Evacuation orders are in place along Ketchum Road, Upper Mill Creek past the 9500 block, and Vinsel Road, Eiesland said. He will meet with fire officials at 4 p.m. today (Monday) for final word on evacuations. “If it continues to stay overcast and rain, then they should be good to lift the restrictions and have people return to their homes,” Eiesland said.

Firefighters push for progress Sunday

Today is a good day to make progress on the fire because of cooler temperatures and lighter winds.

Firefighters push for containment as winds hold back

Evacuations remain in effect, firefighters gain on containment

Westerly winds predicted earlier today have been lighter than expected and the Blackburn Fire within the Government Flat Complex did not grow significantly during Thursday’s day shift.

Evacuation orders given to seven new roads

More evacuations were ordered Thursday as the Blackburn fire spread.

Blackburn Fire spreads north and west

Evacuations eased on Mill Creek

Mill Creek, Reservoir Road evacuation level decreases to Level 2. A significant increase in fire activity, aided by east winds, has resulted in the Blackburn Fire, one of three fires in the Government Flat Complex, spreading to the north and west.

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Third home lost in Blackburn fire, updated 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Fire complex burning 8,731 acres

A third home has been lost to the Blackburn fire and many residents are staying to defend their homes despite evacuation orders.

Public meeting tonight on Government Flats Fire Complex

The public is invited to a Community Meeting, Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 PM, at the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 West 8th Street. Information on the status of the Government Flat Complex Fires will be provided by incident management personnel.

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Obrist Road evacuated as fire escalates

A level three evacuation order was issued for Obrist Road Monday afternoon as the Blackburn Fire escalated.

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Government Flats Fire Complex update, 3,000 acres burned

Overnight crews see good night on fire

Nighttime fire crews reported a good night on the Government Flats Fire Complex as they returned to camp this morning, Monday, Aug. 19, but the Blackburn Fire remains a challenge.

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AUG. 18, 9 p.m. UPDATE: Blackburn fire grows to 1,500 acres

City water plant, residences are top priority in conflagration plan

A level two evacuation notice has been issued by the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office for all of Reservoir Road and Upper Mill Creek Road because of Blackburn Fire Active.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Sheriff's office uses text/email notification system for first time on fire

Firefighters work to protect The Dalles water treatment plant and nearby homes

UPDATE Sunday, 2:45 p.m.: The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has notified residents on Mill Creek of possible fire risks using the recently acquired Everbridge text and email notification system.

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UPDATE: Blackburn fire at 550 acres

Firefighters hope to keep blaze out of Mill Creek

An afternoon estimate of the Blackburn Fire, burning in part of The Dalles watershed lands, partly Bureau of Land Management lands and partly on private land places it at 550 acres.

Cost of rural care eyed

Providers seek aging research in outlying areas

Rural and urban communities have different needs, and the local Area Agency on Aging thinks it is time to remind the state of that.

Lightning sparks multiple fires Friday night

A lightning storm moving south to north sparked multiple fires in the hills near Wamic, Dufur and The Dalles Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Wind change pushes fire toward John Day, Oregon

PORTLAND — Pushed by shifting winds, a new Eastern Oregon wildfire changed course late Thursday and burned toward the north end of the town of John Day.

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