CULVER, OR -- Firefighters are getting the upper hand on the wildfire burning just south of Lake Billy Chinook. As of Monday morning, the Graham Fire was estimated at 2,175 acres, with no new growth overnight. It's considered about 65% contained.
Jim Gersbach, with the Oregon Department of Forestry, says a thousand homes were threatened, "A lot of those homes are vacation homes. But, they were estimating perhaps 85-100 people might be living there year-round." Evacuation orders for the Three Rivers area were reduced Sunday to Level One (Be Ready). Mop up continues Monday as crews dig out hot spots, “We will be judged by how well we leave this fire for the local district and residents. Mop up is hard dirty work. But it’s critically important to do it well. When we mop up right, we can hand the fire back to the local district knowing the perimeter will hold,” says Team 2 Incident Commander Chris Cline. Just over 300 people remain on the blaze.
It's believed the fire started with lightning that moved through Central Oregon, last Wednesday.