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Local firefighters, equipment deployed to eastern Oregon

Columbia County 'task force' to battle Cornet Fire

COURTESY OF THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - The Cornet Fire burns in Baker County, in a photo posted to the Facebook page the Oregon Department of Forestry maintains for the Cornet Fire.A “task force” of 16 personnel and six vehicles from Columbia County’s 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.