Monday, August 16, 2010

Small Fire Stopped near Sisters

A small fire was discovered and stopped near Sisters.

Aided by calm winds, firefighters, helicopters and air tankers quickly doused a small new wildfire five miles southwest of Sisters Monday afternoon as the National Weather Service issued a “Fire Weather Watch,” warning of thunderstorms over the next couple of days.

It includes a summary of the other fires going on in Oregon right now:

Wildfires broke out over the weekend north of Burns (contained at 33 acres) and the Round Valley Fire southeast of Bonanza in Klamath County (70 percent contained by Monday at about 165 acres), but areas west of the Cascades had even hotter temperatures and also had new fires.

The Oak Flat Fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has grown to an estimated 500 acres, about 20 miles west of Grants Pass. The heat and wind sent firebrands sparking spot fires up to a half-mile away on Sunday.

The 74-acre Garnish Valley Fire in the state Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District in northwest Oregon was reported Saturday evening and has been contained.

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