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Photo gallery: Photos of the Day September 2012

Photos of the day for September 2012

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A swimmer and family member find each other and wave during Monday's 70th Annual Ropy Webster Cross Channel Swim. Nearly 500 swimmers from around the world particpated in the Hood River tradition.

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ON FIRE: A series of blazes started Wednesday afternoon are burning in the west hills near White Salmon. As of 4 p.m. Hwy. 141 was closed at the White Salmon Bridge and multiple departments were dispatched to the incident, inc...luding helicopter attack dipping out of the Columbia River and dropping buckets of water on the head of the fire. A management team is being assigned to the fire and will take over operational control when it arrives on scene. .

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Two wildfires continue to rage on the hills above White Salmon this morning. Residents of 30 homes were ordered to evacuate this morning and another 400 homes have been alerted that evacuation may be necessary. The evacuation center is open...ed in the White Salmon Fire Hall with Red Cross on the scene to assist fire victims. Over 1500 acres have burned so far. This image was taken from Snowden Road, looking West at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5..

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Firefighters continue to battle the Highway 141 Fire near White Salmon on all fronts, including air tankers dropping loads of fire retardant. As of Friday morning the following statistics were available: Cause is under investi...gation, size is 1,200 acres, percent contained is 10, total personel is 430, growth potential is high and terrain difficulty is extreme. For official updates see the Incident Information System website at http://www.inciweb.org/.

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A volunteer scours the banks of the lower Hood River during Sunday's Hood River Clean-Up and Paddle with Columbia Riverkeeper and SOLV. Snacks, gloves, litter-grabbers and bags were provided, and participants were rewarded with half-off coupons for kayak and paddle-board rental from Columbia Gorge Kayak School..

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Salmon surveying: At the headwaters of the West Fork, Ryan Gerstenberger, Confederated Tribes of Warm Spring fish biologist, walks upstream looking for signs of spring chinook salmon spawning. On this day he located 16 new spawning nests, called redds, 11 carcasses and 15 live chinook in about a mile stretch of the river. See the Sept. 12 Kaleidoscope, page B1, for the story.

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Zero containment: The Cascade Creek fire on the southern flank of Mount Adams is continuing to burn fiercely despite the efforts of nearly 580 firefighters assigned to the blaze. The fire nearly doubled in size to 5,000 acres from Thursday to Friday and is at zero percent containment.

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Purple fingers in the forest means it's huckleberry season on Mount Hood. The tasty little berries take a while to pick, but are well worth the effort, especially considering the beautiful scenery where they're located.

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Summer's flowers and warm weather are fading away, replaced by the cool, early morning nip of fall. Enjoy a mixture of both seasons around town, like these cheerful displays at Good News Gardening.

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Take a hike: Late summer is a perfect time to visit this majestic trail and mountain lake. Temperatures are cool, crowds are gone for the season and the area is carpeted with delicious huckleberries. Don't know where this is? Check the Hood River News Facebook page to find out.

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Ready, set, go: Gorge Kids Triathlon participants were released in waves for the swimming leg of Sunday's event. Hundreds of kids (and parents) turned out to the Hood River Waterfront Park for the event, which served as a fundraiser for elementary school health and athletic programs.

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Crews are battling a growing wildfire between Hood River and Mosier.

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The Milepost 66 fire crept through the trees and remained fairly well behaved over night. Light east winds forecast for today will help crews get handle on the fire but will cause another smoky day in Hood River. Stay tuned for updates through the day.

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Photo of the day, September 28, 2012: Hood River Valley High School staff members take a round of applause Thursday during the annual Air Guitar contest. The annual Homecoming staple has become one of the biggest events of the year for the school. This year the senior class edged out the staff by eight points, followed by the juniors in third, sophomores in fourth and the freshman in last.

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