Oregon authorities say 1 found dead near tractor in fast-moving wildfire

Oregon authorities say 1 found dead near tractor in fast-moving wildfire
A fire forced mandatory evacuations near The Dalles, Oregon overnight. 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon authorities say 1 found dead near tractor in fast-moving wildfire.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday the body was found a short distance from the burned tractor.

The person’s identity has not been released.

It’s believed the person was trying to use the tractor to create a fire line to stop the blaze.

The fire has burned 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) in a rural area along the Columbia River Gorge about 85 miles (137 kilometers) east of Portland.

The blaze in the rural farming area has forced dozens of households to evacuate and destroyed one home.

The Pacific Northwest fire season is expected to be worse than normal, with drought conditions in many areas.