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Wildfires Near The Dalles Still Threatening Homes

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File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a wildfire. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of homeowners near The Dalles remain on alert as crews battle the Government Flat Complex of wildfires.

Fire spokesman David Morman said the fires were 12 percent contained Monday morning, and had scorched 1,500 acres.

Gov. John Kitzhaber declared the wildfires a conflagration so the state fire marshal could mobilize resources to assist locals in battling the blaze. Officials prioritized the local water treatment plant for immediate protection, since it supplies water for much of The Dalles.

Residents of about 35 of the 70 homes threatened have been told to prepare for evacuation.

Morman says afternoon winds could be a problem for firefighters.

Elsewhere, the Douglas Complex blaze north of Glendale has burned nearly 50,000 acres but is now 75 percent contained.

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