Central Oregon Fire Moving In On Small Community

By Jim McCoy Fri 26th July NewsDantODFWarm Springs fire
A week-old Central Oregon wildfire has advanced to within four to five miles of a community of about 30 structures along the Deschutes River. Fire information officer Bill Queen said Friday that some residents of Dant northeast of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have begun to leave. He says the residents have lived through similar threats and were calm as fire teams talked with them. Meanwhile, a barrage of lightning overnight touched off about 60 small fires in southwest and south-central Oregon, and more are expected to become apparent Friday. More than 400 strikes were reported, 200 in Douglas County. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the lightning was expected, and crews were out Friday morning trying to snuff out the blazes before they grow in the heat of the day.

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