August 3, 2014 in Region

Fire near Twisp contained, but storm sparks new one

Associated Press

A wildfire that started Friday and burned six to eight homes between Twisp and Winthrop has been contained by firefighters.

Fire spokesman Brian Scott says firefighters have built a line all the way around the Rising Eagle Road Fire.

He says they’re making really good progress on the fire that has burned about 500 acres and a much larger complex of fires in the same area.

A new wildfire started Saturday night on a ridge north of Ellensburg. Fire officials believe it was caused by lightning.

The Kittitas County fire about 12 miles north of Ellensburg had burned about 100 acres by 8:30 p.m., the Yakima Herald reported. The Department of Natural Resources says the fire is burning in sagebrush and timber.

A thunderstorm sparked another fire to the east of Naches on Saturday night but fire officials say that one was put out quickly.

In southern Oregon, fire officials say a wildfire threatening about 270 structures on the Oregon-California border has grown to nearly 51 square miles.

But fire spokeswoman Jen Warren says firefighters are making good progress and have the Oregon Gulch Fire 10 percent contained as of this morning.

The fire that started by lightning on Thursday has burned three homes, five outbuildings and multiple vehicles. Several neighborhoods southwest of Ashland were still evacuated on Sunday.

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