PRINEVILLE, OR -- The largest wildfires burning out of control in the state are in Central Oregon and crews are hitting them hard before hotter weather arrives.
The Ana Fire is burning 22 miles northwest of Paisley in south central Oregon; it's now 20% contained. Robin deMario, at the Northwest Coordination Center, says it's burned 6,200 acres and 25 houses have evacuation warnings. "That Level 2 means 'Get Set;' be ready to go if authorities advise folks to do so." Around 500 firefighters are working to build containment lines, "There are also helicopters and other aerial resources as needed," says deMario. She adds, they're working in "steep rugged terrain, from the lower elevation lands up into that, so they are having issues getting resources into that very steep, rocky terrain." A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Lodge at Summer Lake to update residents and business owners on the status of the Ana Fire.
The Lone Pine Fire, 10 miles north of Prineville, has burned about 900 acres and is now 15% contained. Lone Pine Road remains closed and 10 minor structures are threatened. It was human caused and remains under investigation.