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County Line 2 fire near Warm Springs balloons to more than 12k acres

Posted: Updated: Aug 13, 2015 04:06 PM
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A fire burning near the Warm Springs Reservation in Central Oregon grew to more than 12,000 acres Thursday as fire crews fought to get it under control.

Officials said the County Line 2 fire started Wednesday when a trailer lost a tire on Highway 26. That sparked several small fires that eventually grew into one.

According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the fire was only about 5 percent contained Thursday afternoon. More than 60 firefighters were working the blaze.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said two homes had been destroyed by the fire, neither of which was occupied at the time.

A handful of homes in close proximity to wooded areas were put on Level 3 evacuation notices, meaning those residents needed to leave immediately.

Other areas were on Level 1 and 2 notices, meaning residents should be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Reservation Wednesday because of the fire. The highway reopened around midnight Thursday.

However, on Thursday afternoon ODOT shut down the highway again. An eastbound detour was set at the intersection with Highway 216 to Maupin and a detour was tentatively established westbound at Milepost 103, the Deschutes River Crossing, but that was likely to change to Madras, directing drivers to Highway 97 and Highway 197 to Maupin and Highway 216. 

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