Highway 26 near Manning reopens after wildfire closure - KPTV - FOX 12

Highway 26 near Manning reopens after wildfire closure

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MANNING, OR (KPTV) -

Highway 26 west of Manning has reopened after being closed down Sunday. Traffic is down to one lane, and is not expected to open fully until late in the day Tuesday.

Transportation officials had expected Highway 26 to remain closed all morning Monday due to a wildfire burning near Manning. The road originally closed Saturday, and had a single lane reopened for a short while before being closed back down.

The August Fire started Saturday afternoon near the Highway 26/Highway 47 interchange. According to Banks Fire District spokesperson Scott Adams, evidence indicates the fire was started by target shooting.

As of Monday afternoon, the fire was 26 acres in size and was 100 percent contained.

Oregon Department of Forestry officials said the fire wasn't threatening any structures and they didn't expect to issue any evacuation notices.

ODOT advised drivers to use Highway 47 as a detour.

Hagg Lake also was closed over the weekend to boaters and swimmers as crews pulled water from the lake to fight the fire. It wasn't clear if the lake would remain closed Monday.

Officials believe the fire was human-caused, but that is still under investigation.

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