THE DALLES, Ore. – A firefighter suffered a “significant” back injury Saturday morning while fighting the Government Flat Complex fire near The Dalles.
The man, who is in his 40s, fell approximately three feet while stepping out of the cab of a parked apparatus, landing on his back on hard packed ground. He was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland.
Meanwhile, more than 200 homes were in the evacuation area as the fire continued to grow beyond 12,000 acres.
More than 1,000 firefighters and support personnel were battling the complex, which is made up of the Blackburn, Government Flat and Wells fires. The Blackburn fire was 25 percent contained Saturday, while the other two were fully contained.
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Several homes were placed on Level II and Level III evacuation orders in neighborhoods near the fire lines. Level II means: Make final preparations and get and set to evacuate, and Level III means: Evacuate immediately.