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Wildfire north of Sisters burning 2,000 acres, 30 percent contained

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Fire officials said Thursday that the Akawana Fire currently burning just under 2,000 acres 13 miles north of Sisters is 30 percent contained, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.   

The wildfire was first reported Tuesday and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

Windy conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday made it difficult for fire crews to fight the blaze. It is burning in areas with many dead and downed trees. 

The fire calmed down over Wednesday night, according to officials. More favorable weather conditions including some cooler temperatures and showers are expected Thursday, although winds are expected to increase later in the afternoon to 15-20 mph. 

Officials said nearly 400 firefighters are actively working on the fire. 

Nearly 912 homes are being threatened by the Akawana Fire. Nearby homeowners are under a Level 2 evacuation order, meaning they need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice depended on the state of the fire.  

Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Oregon Conflagration Act Wednesday 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.

Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Cornelius, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro fire departments have been called to help specifically with protecting nearby homes. 

For more information and fire updates, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry's Facebook page. 

Crews are also battling a 22,000-acre wildfire in the Owyhee Canyon near the Oregon/Idaho border. The fire is 90 percent contained.

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