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Shaniko Butte fire update; fire activity minimal

The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant has been fully removed, as has the Level 1 Notification for residences along Road S-300 near Simnasho. Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification because of the recent burnout operation immediately to their west.

Evacuation levels increase in Warm Springs tribal areas

Logging Unit Fires complex near Warm Springs, Highway 26 now at 7,328 acres. Updated information from Sunday, July 20.

Deschutes River reopened to rafting

Public safety has been our primary priority during the Shaniko Butte Fire. While firefighting activities continue, danger to the river corridor has diminished significantly. We are pleased to announce that it is now safe to reopen the Deschutes River corridor, from Trout Creek to Long Bend, to rafting and other recreational activities, beginning tomorrow morning, Sunday, July 20, at 6:00 a.m. The rest of the river also remains open.

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Firefighters make progress on Shaniko Butte Fire and near Maupin

Firefighting authorities Saturday morning reported good progress and 20 percent containment on the Shaniko Butte fire burning 15 miles north of Shaniko and near Maupin, according to Inciweb reports.

Smoke presents health dangers

As multiple fires continue to burn in the south Wasco County area, people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors.

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Fires cause road, river closures

While many firefighting resources are being reallocated from the White River Fire, which is predicted for containment today, other fires continue to burn in the local area.

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Structure damaged in Dallesport fire

A firefighter wets down the face of a garage and a partially burned fence in the 300 block of Sixth Street in Dallesport Wednesday afternoon.

For the record, July 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery report from July 16, 2014.

Wildfire patrols continue

Barlow district sees eight fires

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Suspect arrested in camp shooting

The Wasco County Sheriff’s office, assisted by The Dalles City Police, arrested Juan Carlos Navarro, 20, in connection with an orchard camp shooting July 13 on Pleasant Ridge Road.

For the record, July 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 15, 2014.

Emergency manager: Sign up now for emergency alerts

This past weekend’s lightning-sparked fires were a reminder that fire season is under way and also a good reminder to sign up for Wasco County’s citizen alert notifications.

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Lightning sparks regional fires

White River Canyon blaze continues while others are quickly extinguished UPDATE July 15, 2014.

Rural shooting injures one

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Sunday evening at a labor camp on Pleasant Ridge Road.

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Lightning sparks mulitple fires in region

Oregon fire officials estimated that about 3,400 lightning strikes occurred across the region Sunday and started dozens of fires, mostly small but some sparked fires that are threatening homes on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

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