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PATRICK ASHMORE stands before a scorched hillside near his Mill Creek home where trees are gradually turning more and more brown as a consequence of the Blackburn Fire, the biggest of three fires that raged through rural Wasco County starting in August as part of the Government Flats Fire Complex.

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Front Row Seat to Wildfire: Patrick Ashmore

Residents watch as fierce Blackburn Fire threatens lives and property In the scariest moment of a long week, as the Blackburn fire raged around him, Patrick Ashmore watched a fire crew run screaming from a flare-up that almost engulfed them.

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