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Wildfire burning 2,100 acres near Sisters, threatening 1,200 homes

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Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12) Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12)
Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12) Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12)
Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12) Akawana Fire (Source: KPTV/Air 12)
Photo: U.S. Forest Service Photo: U.S. Forest Service
SISTERS, OR (KPTV) -

A 2,100-acre wildfire burning north of Sisters was threatening 1,200 homes in a subdivision near Lake Billy Chinook on Wednesday.

The Akawana Fire was first reported Tuesday on private lands in the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon Division.

The fire burned actively into Tuesday evening, with steady winds causing the fire to spread. Persistent wind is expected for at least the next day.

The fire is burning in heavy brush and beetle-killed ponderosa pine trees, according to firefighters.

The Oregon Department of Forestry dispatched an incident management team to take over command of the firefighting operations Thursday morning.

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Oregon Conflagration Act to provide added protection to homes and other structures. The Conflagration Act authorizes structural firefighters and equipment from around the state to assist local fire departments in battling the wildfire.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal also dispatched a structural incident management team to the fire to assist with the protection of homes and other structures.

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