Wildfire on OR reservation burns 2 houses
Thursday, July 7, 2011
WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) -- A fast-moving wildfire that raced across about 3 square miles of a central Oregon Indian reservation has burned two homes -- one of them vacant -- threatened dozens of others and prompted the evacuation of two neighborhoods.
Fire information officer Juanita Majel says the Upper Dry Creek fire broke out Thursday afternoon at a subdivision of the same name located northwest of the town of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Reservation. The cause was under investigation.
Winds gusting to 40 mph pushed the fire through grass and sagebrush toward a second subdivision. Majel says two of about 30 threatened homes burned. KTVZ reports that residents in both neighborhoods were urged to evacuate although some remained to defend their homes.
There were no reports of injuries.
By nightfall, the spokeswoman said about 200 firefighters were making progress as winds dropped and temperatures fell.
Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/