Crews contain Ore. wildfire that threatened homes
Monday, August 22, 2011
MADRAS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon state fire marshal's spokesman says firefighters have contained a 1,000-acre wildfire that had threatened more than 20 homes in central Oregon.
No homes were lost and no one was injured in the Elk Fire although one outbuilding was reported burned.
Spokesman Justin de Ruyter said Tuesday evening that additional fire crews mobilized from western Oregon under a declaration by Gov. John Kitzhaber have been taken off the fire line and will be sent home.
The spokesman says the origin of the wind-driven fire that started Monday afternoon has been traced to an area resident's burn barrel.
It spread through grass and brush on private land and U.S. Bureau of Land Management property about four miles west of Madras.