Dry Gulch fire in Eastern Oregon grows to 12,000 acres - KPTV - FOX 12

Dry Gulch fire in Eastern Oregon grows to 12,000 acres

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Just two days after a fire started near the town of Richland, the blaze had exploded to about 12,000 acres in size Monday.

The Dry Gulch fire started Saturday afternoon about seven miles northwest of Richland, a small town of fewer than 100 residents about 30 miles east of Baker City.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the fire grew quickly, prompting officials to order evacuations in the area.

Several roads and highways in the area are also closed, including Highway 86 between Richland and Halfway.

The Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center maintains a blog with the latest evacuation and road closure information.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire.

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