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The White River Fire grew rapidly at the end of the week, forcing additional evacuations and threatening several communities in south Wasco County.

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The White River Fire grew Friday, and additional residences were given notice to evacuate at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 29, 2020.

As of 11 a.m., the fire was 9,791 acres and 10 percent contained, according to incident command. The fire began in the Mount Hood National Forest in Wasco County. 

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ScanEagle, the Gorge-made robotic aircraft that has logged almost one million hours of flight, has landed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection. The most widely known product of Bingen-based Insitu, the ScanEagle X200 was inducted into the museum earlier this month.

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ScanEagle, the gorge-made robotic aircraft that has logged almost one million hours of flight, has landed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection.

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In what is believed to be the first fatality at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport, longtime Hood River pilot Richard Sperling died Monday morning after his plane crashed on landing.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) clearance to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) manufactured by Insitu in the monitoring of wildfires that pose an urgent threat, the DNR announced July 15.