Wildfires threaten homes in Central Oregon
Saturday, August 27, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Central Oregon wildfires continued to threaten structures near the Warm Springs Reservation on Saturday while state and local agencies fought a series of smaller fires in Eastern Oregon.
Fires near the reservation broke out among an area thick with Douglas firs and mixed conifers, fueling the fire to 1,800 acres and threatening people in the reservation's Sidwalter Area, where residents were put on an evacuation alert.
Closer to the town of Warm Springs, the Shitike (shi-TIE'-k) fire burned on 1,500 acres and homes along one of the town's roads were evacuated to provide less congestion during burnout operations.
A third fire jumped the Deschutes River and began to burn U.S. Bureau of Land Management land.
Smaller fires in Eastern Oregon did not pose a risk to homes on Saturday.