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Published Aug 24, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Rain slows growth of Columbia Gorge fire — Growth has slowed on that wind-whipped wildfire in the Columbia Gorge after overnight thunderstorms dropped a tenth of an inch of rain. But the new moisture and high humidity also meant firefighters could not conduct burnouts Friday to strengthen fire lines on the western front of the Government Flat Complex. The fire has grown to 18 square miles and moved about three miles into the Mount Hood National Forest. The fire is 20 percent contained and continues to get more firefighters, which now number more than 1,000.

Man’s body found near Ecola Falls — A hiker discovered the body of a man in a creek near Ecola Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that the terrain is difficult and Portland Mountain Rescue will help retrieve the body. Alexander says it appears the hiker fell from the trail that’s above the creek, but the investigation is not over. The man’s name won’t be released until relatives are notified.

Animal Liberation Front tried to free birds — The Animal Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for cutting open bird pens at the E.E. Wilson Wildfire Area in an effort to free pheasants and quail into the wild. State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were alerted to the vandalism last week after a KEZI reporter inquired about it. Fish and Wildlife says two of the damaged pens had been empty, and the birds held in the other damaged pens remained in their enclosures. The Animal Liberation Front, in an online post claiming responsibility, says those who tried to free the birds were interrupted by a car pulling into a nearby parking lot.

— From wire reports