Blaze near Mount Hood burning away from town
Saturday, September 3, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Fire crews have canceled a controlled burn intended to battle the Dollar Lake fire burning near Mount Hood.
Fire spokesman Peter Frenzen said Saturday that stronger-than-expected winds are blowing the fire to the west, forcing crews to divert air tankers and other resources.
Crews had planned to intentionally burn about 500 acres to help secure the fire's northeast side near the community of Copper Spur. But the high winds mean the fire is now burning in wilderness areas away from the town toward a containment line more than a mile from the front line.
Good weather in central Oregon is keeping the High Cascades fires calm. Spokesman rews are working to mop up brush around containment lines for the seven major fires burning on the Warm Springs reservation.
Near the Shadow Lake fire near Sisters, officials are evacuating visitors at the Big Lake Recreation Area and hikers on the Pacific Crest trail.