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Fire operations manager Marvin Vetter speaks at a community meeting Saturday night, Aug. 24. "I knew about the famous winds of the gorge, but I didn't know they could blow in so many directions at the same time. I'll remember this fire for a long time," he said.

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Fire managers release structure safety responsibilities to local district

Fire managers spoke of the Blackburn Fire in the past tense during a community fire meeting Saturday night, Aug. 24, at The Dalles Wahtonka High School. The structural threat is over, task forces have been released, and the safety of area homes is once again the official responsibility of Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue.

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