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Person found dead of apparent 'fire exposure' near Substation Fire

Substation Fire courtesy Dani Weitzel

A person was found dead Wednesday next to a tractor that was burnt by the 36,000-acre Substation Fire burning near The Dalles.

Wasco County deputies were called out about 1:30 p.m. on reports of a tractor in an area scorched by the flames.

Deputies found a deceased person - likely the tractor driver, they say - a short distance away.

It appears the person died of fire exposure.

Deputies are withholding the victim’s name until family members have been notified of the death.

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