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Governor Kitzhaber Visits Glendale

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GLENDALE, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon leaders toured the Douglas Complex Instant Command Center Saturday to get a first-hand look at the fire.

The governor went room to room checking in with crews as they met to discuss this 32,000 acre wildfire.

“We are fully deploying all the resources that we have at our disposal, state, federal and private aviation assets,” the Governor said.

Both Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Kitzhaber at the command center set up at Glendale High School.

“It’s incredibly dangerous so let’s just have a round of applause for the folks who are out there on the line right now,” Senator Merkley said.

The mayor of Glendale says the whole city has come together to help out their neighbors.

“Glendale has an exceptional sense of community, being such a small town, everyone knows everyone else,” the mayor said.

Saturday the Douglas Complex fire was burning 32,534 acres at 15% containment. The campsite where fire crews are staying in Glendale had a thick layer of smoke settling over the area.

At the end of their visit, Senators Wyden and Merkely toured the fire site by helicopter to assess the damage.