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July 26, 2002
Washington, D. C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved another request from Oregon for federal fire management funds to help cover the costs of fighting the Sheldon Ridge fire burning in Wasco County. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh authorized the assistance immediately after it was reported that the fire posed a threat to 200 homes and major power lines in areas located to the west and southwest of the city of Dulles. At the time of the request, the fire had burned more than 5,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 560 people.