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Wildfire update for Thursday, Aug. 20

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A helicopter drops water on the Chelan Complex of fires in Washington A helicopter drops water on the Chelan Complex of fires in Washington

Fire officials hoped cooler weather Thursday would help them get the upper hand on the many large wildfires burning in Oregon and Washington.

Governors in both states deployed national guard troops to help get the fires under control and Thursday, Oregon banned campfires in all parks owned and managed by the state.

MAP: Active wildfires currently burning in Oregon and Washington

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


The Canyon Creek Complex continues to be the top firefighting priority nationwide.

The fire, burning south of John Day, was more than 53,000 acres in size as of Thursday morning and was 10 percent contained.

More than 900 firefighters are working the blaze, which started with a lightning strike Aug. 12.

A community meeting was planned for 5 p.m. Thursday at Grant Union High School.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee planned to tour the Chelan Complex of fires Thursday.

The fires had destroyed 75 homes as of Thursday.

The Chelan complex was more than 123,000 acres in size Thursday and 50 percent contained.


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.

Updated information wasn't available Thursday.


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

As of Thursday, 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.


The County Line 2 Fire started Aug. 12 when a trailer lost a tire on Highway 26 near the Warm Springs Reservation.

As of Wednesday evening, the fire was burning approximately 63,000 acres and was 50 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.

The fire was burning more than 7,000 acres as of Wednesday evening and was 10 percent contained.

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 Thursday morning.


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.

Updated information was not available Thursday.

Firefighters had not identified a cause of the fire.


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.

Updated information wasn't available Thursday.

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