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Hundreds of people are impacted again near The Dalles as gusty winds, this time from the west force new evacuation orders this afternoon.  


Forecasters had predicting a big challenge from the weather system that moved through Oregon on Thursday, and it did produce substantial winds at The Government Flats Complex, which is made up of three fires.  


David Morman is one of many Fire information Officers in a very busy fire dispatch center.


"I think someone mentioned we were over 200 but that's a soft number- there were some evacuations in effect from earlier - concerns about the blackburn fire - one of three on this complex, because there were concerns about northern and eastern direction - from that fire. "


Morman says they are working the fire day and night- but right now it's also a fight to get enough resources - Fires are burning in 10 western states and many are competing for top priority status.


He's also heard local reports that livestock are also impacted by the evacuation orders.


That area has a history of large, fast moving fires.  It has many rural ranches and outbuildings.  The city's Water Treatment Facility is still safe, but the fire has burned through part of the watershed which could have longterm impacts to local residents.




Traffic & Weather





Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.


Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.


Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

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