Oregon forestry crews tame 14 wildfires

Oregon forestry crews tame 14 wildfires

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Oregon forestry crews tame 14 wildfires

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 12:59 PM

PORTLAND -- Crews in six Oregon Department of Forestry districts battled 14 wildfires over the past week, but none grew to more than 10 acres, fire officials said.

All the fires together damaged less than 15 acres of land, according to a weekly ODF wildfire report.

A Red Flag warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the area around Vale, predicting possible lightning as temperatures rise through Saturday.

A fire in Chenoweth, Wash. northwest of The Dalles, burned about 70 acres before it was contained Sunday night. Fire control was managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, with assistance from ODF.

Background: 70-acre wildfire in The Dalles threatened homes

Wildfire season is under way in Oregon, but no severe fires have yet been reported. Many crew members have been called to the devastating fires throughout the western U.S.

"Specially-trained ODF fire staff members are also assisting with firefighting operations in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota and New Mexico," said Kevin Weeks, of ODF. "These out-of-state assignments help Oregon's firefighting personnel maintain their skills at no cost to the state. And whenever Oregon experiences a severe fire season, the other states will reciprocate by providing fire personnel and equipment."

Crews in Washington were battling a 250-acre fire in Chelan Friday, and hoped to contain it before the temperature reaches into the 90s.

More: Wildfire burning near Chelan, Washington

Click here for fire updates from the ODF Wildfire Blog

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