LA GRANDE — Personnel from local fire management agencies, public utilities and emergency response services gathered at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande for an all-day wildfire response simulation Tuesday, May 23.

A total of 58 personnel from 25 agencies were present — representing a broad range of response and services, according to a press release from Union County Emergency Manager Nick Vora. They were taxed with coordinating the response and management of a simulated fire, which was complex and rapidly moving.

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