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national guard crews arrived this week to help firefighting efforts on the Government Flats Complex. Pictured here, Sgt. Mike Buchan looks for spot fires from a Blackhawk helicopter.

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Angry beast eats its way west: Cool, wet weather helps, but fire isn’t done by a long shot

Fire consumes four homes, runs west toward Hood River County line

More than a week later, the Blackburn Fire is still burning. What began as a lightning strike during the early morning hours of Aug. 16 has swelled to an 11,728-acre conflagration that has consumed four homes and nine outbuildings as of Friday morning. The Blackburn Fire comprises almost the entire size of the Government Flats Complex of three wildfires burning several miles southwest of The Dalles. The other two fires in the complex have been contained for several days.

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