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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