Wildfire in OR Grows to 10,000 Acres

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters on Wednesday tried to contain a wildfire that burned 10,000 acres near the farming community of Dufur, Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the fire, allowing the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to help local firefighters. Some 40 personnel, 12 fire engines engines and other resources were on the scene, authorities said.

The fire was burning in wheat and brush in the sparsely populated area of north-central Oregon. Firefighters from the Portland area were among those assisting the effort to extinguish the blaze, which ignited Tuesday.

Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to ensure every resource is made available for firefighting efforts.

“With the extended forecast in Oregon calling for unseasonably high temperatures with no rain in the forecast — and with 19 counties already in declared drought emergencies — the threat of wildfire in Oregon is imminent,” Brown said.

Several communities banned fireworks, a tradition during the Fourth of July holidays.

Bend, a city in Central Oregon’s high desert near the Cascade Range, was one of them, sparking ire among fireworks vendors.

Jake Dennis, working at the Discount Fireworks Superstore in the city, said the ban — in effect through July 9 — is “anti-American.”

“(They are) directly telling us what we can and cannot do on our driveway to celebrate our freedom, our liberty,” Dennis told local TV station KTVZ.

City Councilor Gena Goodman-Campbell said there are other ways to mark the holiday safely.

“We know it’s been a long year-plus, and that you’re ready to celebrate, and we would just ask you to find safe ways to do that without, lighting fireworks,” she said.

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