Wildfire update for Wednesday, Aug. 19 - KPTV - FOX 12

Wildfire update for Wednesday, Aug. 19

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The Canyon Creek Complex fire has burned more than two dozen homes The Canyon Creek Complex fire has burned more than two dozen homes
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Hot, dry conditions continue to make it difficult for firefighting crews to contain more than two dozen wildfires burning in Oregon and Washington.

Altogether, those fires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres.

MAP: Active wildfires currently burning in Oregon and Washington

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

CANYON CREEK COMPLEX

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to tour the Canyon Creek Complex, which is one of the most destructive in the region and is considered the top firefighting priority nationwide.

The fire, burning south of John Day, is more than 48,000 acres in size and remains zero percent contained.

The fire started with a lightning strike Aug. 12.

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed by the fire and nearly 200 more are in danger.

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

CHELAN COMPLEX

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 69,000 acres in size Wednesday and 50 percent contained.

CORNET-WINDY RIDGE

The lightning-caused Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire southeast of Baker City was more than 103,000 acres in size Wednesday and was 45 percent contained.

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

COUGAR CREEK

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

As of Wednesday, the fire had burned more than 23,000 acres, and fire crews had the fire 20 percent contained.

The fire was sparked by lightning Aug. 10.

COUNTY LINE 2

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

As of Wednesday morning, the fire was burning approximately 62,000 acres and was 43 percent contained.

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

NATIONAL CREEK COMPLEX

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

The fire was burning more than 6,000 acres Wednesday and was 10 percent contained.

The fire also prompted evacuations at nearby Diamond Lake Resort.

PHILLIPS CREEK

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 Wednesday morning.

SODA

The largest fire burning in the region 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 Wednesday morning and was 95 percent contained.

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

Firefighters had not identified a cause of the fire.

STOUTS CREEK

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

Wednesday morning, the fire was more than 25,000 acres in size and 74 percent contained.

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