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Local firefighters, equipment deployed to eastern Oregon
Columbia County 'task force' to battle Cornet Fire
A task force of 16 personnel and six vehicles from Columbia Countys fire districts was dispatched Thursday morning, Aug. 13, to battle the Cornet Fire in Baker County, a wildfire burning on more than 12,600 acres as of press time, the Scappoose Fire District announced.
The Scappoose, Clatskanie and Mist-Birkenfeld fire districts and Columbia River Fire & Rescue combined to send four fire engines to fight the blaze, along with a water tender and another support vehicle.
Gov. Kate Brown declared the Cornet Fire a conflagration Thursday, clearing the way for a statewide mobilization of firefighting resources to combat the wildfire.
A state of drought has been declared throughout Oregon, including Baker County, due to hot, dry summer weather and a low snowpack.