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Memorial set for farmer who died in Substation fire

Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege says county buildings will fly flags at half-staff that day to honor Ruby, his sacrifice and his family.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 10:27 AM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 4:19 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A memorial service has been scheduled for a farmer who died while fighting the Substation fire in July.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the service for John Ruby is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Dufur. He was 64.

Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege says county buildings will fly flags at half-staff that day to honor Ruby, his sacrifice and his family.

Ruby lived in Mosier but died while working on a farm near Dufur, 15 miles south of The Dalles. He was cutting a fire line for a neighbor's property when the fire overtook him.

Since 80,000 acres burned in the Substation fire, the Long Hollow fire and the South Valley fire have raged near Dufur.

Hege says it's a difficult time for people around the north-central Oregon county along the Columbia River.

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