August 5, 2010 in City

Homes remain largely untouched by blazes

From Wire Reports
 
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A crew from Bly, Ore., conducts mop-up operations Wednesday in Sisters, Ore.
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• A fire started by lightning that threatened some homes in a subdivision near East Wenatchee, Wash., rapidly burned through about 3 square miles of grass, brush and wheat.

A sheriff’s dispatcher said Wednesday morning that homes were no longer threatened, and Douglas County Fire District 2 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said the fire died down by 10 p.m. Tuesday as winds decreased.

• The Rainbow Bridge fire, located about 2 miles up the Stehekin Valley from Stehekin Landing, stood at 3,710 acres on Wednesday. It was not threatening any buildings in the remote area and was being fought by 184 firefighters and three helicopters.

The state Department of Natural Resources said crews continue to protect structures. Some hiking trails in the area are closed.

• The Wenatchee River Complex fires were declared 100 percent contained Wednesday after six days of firefighting efforts. The area will continue to be monitored and crews will put out hot spots. The complex of a dozen fires burned 2,065 acres, or more than 3 square miles, including one vacant home and two storage units, the state said.

• A wildfire in central Oregon near the town of Sisters was 20 percent contained Wednesday after burning about 4,500 acres and keeping some homeowners on alert for possible evacuation.

Firefighters said Wednesday that one outbuilding used for storage and a pumphouse was lost but no other structures were reported damaged or threatened.

The fire is burning in the Deschutes National Forest and on private lands about six miles south of Sisters.

About a half-dozen homes were under mandatory evacuation orders while other area residents were advised to be ready to leave as a precaution.

Families who were evacuated were being escorted to and from their homes by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department.


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