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Wildfire update for Tuesday, Aug. 18

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An air tanker drops flame retardant on the County Line 2 fire near Warm Springs, OR. An air tanker drops flame retardant on the County Line 2 fire near Warm Springs, OR.

Firefighters continue to fight more than two dozen fires that are burning across Oregon and Washington.

Added together, those fires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and forced thousands out of their homes.

MAP: Active wildfires currently burning in Oregon and Washington

Here's the latest information available Tuesday morning for some of the larger fires:


The Canyon Creek Complex burning south of John Day was more than 41,000 acres in size as of Tuesday and zero percent contained.

The fire started with a lightning strike Aug. 12.

Residents in several areas were told to evacuate their homes, and fire officials said 26 houses were destroyed by fire.

A Red Cross shelter had been established at the Mt. Vernon Community Center at 640 Ingle Street.


Firefighters were fighting three fires as part of the Chelan Complex, which had destroyed at least 50 structures in Chelan, Washington.

As many as 100 other structures were threatened and 2,700 people were told to evacuate their homes.

The fire was more than 63,000 acres in size Tuesday and 30 percent contained.


The lightning-caused Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire southeast of Baker City was nearly 100,000 acres in size Tuesday.

Firefighters said the fire was 35 percent contained and more than 600 firefighters were on scene.

Evacuation orders were in place for nearby residents as homes and other structures remained threatened by the fire.


The Cougar Creek Fire is burning near the southeastern slopes of Mt. Adams in Washington.

As of Monday evening, the fire had burned more than 22,000 acres, and fire crews had the fire 20 percent contained.

The fire was sparked by lightning Aug. 10.


The County Line 2 Fire started last week when a trailer lost a tire on Highway 26 near the Warm Springs Reservation.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire was burning approximately 60,000 acres and was 31 percent contained.

The fire prompted evacuations on the reservation and closed Highway 26 at times.


The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park was closed Sunday evening due to the National Creek Complex Fire.

More than 700 firefighters were working to contain the fire, which was burning more than 5,600 acres.

It was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The fire also prompted evacuations at nearby Diamond Lake Resort.


Fire officials said the Phillips Creek Fire west of Elgin was caused by an abandoned campfire.

As of Saturday, the fire was more than 2,600 acres in size and 89 percent contained.

There was no new information available as of Tuesday morning.


The largest fire burning in the region Monday was the Soda Fire, which was mainly in southwestern Idaho but also spilled into eastern Oregon.

The fire had burned more than 283,000 acres by Monday evening and was 90 percent contained.

More than 700 firefighters were on the scene of the Soda Fire.


More than 1,100 firefighters from around Oregon were helping fight the Stouts Creek Fire east of Canyonville in Douglas County.

Tuesday morning, the fire was more than 24,000 acres in size and 72 percent contained.

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