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Friday, August 20, 2010

State Fire Marshal incident team prepares to demobilize

Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office - News Release

Structural task forces from Multnomah and Washington Hood River counties are being demobilized from the D. Harris Conflagration due to the decreasing threat to structures in the area. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Incident Management Team will turn control of the fire back to the local fire district for structural protection today at 6:00 p.m.

The D Harris Fire began August 18 in the Juniper Flat Fire Protection District. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of the City of Maupin, Oregon and estimated to be 3,800 acres.

Residents in Maupin should remain on alert for possible evacuation should conditions worsen.

Governor Kulongoski invoked the Oregon Conflagration Act to allow State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The request to invoke the conflagration act came from Wasco County Assistant Fire Defense Board Chief Jay Wood.

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National weather forecasters predictions that Oregon would see above average temperatures and below average rainfall in the summer of 2018 proved true. Almost all of Oregon was abnormally dry this summer, with a majority of the state in moderate to severe drought. Many areas posted record high temperatures or record strings of hot days. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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