Central Ore. fire kept from development, ranches



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fire crews say they have been able to keep a wildfire in Central Oregon from getting to ranches and a golf and residential development.

The firefighters reported Friday that the size of the burn area in a drainage of the Crooked River National Grassland between Madras and Redmond has doubled, to 650-700 acres.

The fire was reported Thursday, and the fire team says there’s an investigation into the cause.

It says several private ranches and the Crooked River Ranch development to the east could be threatened. But dispatchers say nobody has been told to evacuate, or put on notice to be ready to.