Akawana Fire threatens more than 900 homes near Sisters, 44 perc - KPTV - FOX 12

Akawana Fire threatens more than 900 homes near Sisters, 44 percent contained

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More than 900 homes are being threatened by the Akawana Fire in central Oregon.

Fire officials said the fire started on Tuesday after a lightning strike. Hundreds of firefighters are currently working to put it out.

The fire is about 44 percent contained and is burning about 13 miles north of Sisters. Fire crews said around 2,000 acres have burned.

More than 900 homes in the Three Rivers Grandview area were considered threatened and were under a Level 2 evacuation notice. Now, about 600 homes in that area have been downgraded to a Level 1 evacuation order.

FOX 12 spoke with one homeowner who said the downgrade comes as a big relief.

"It was a little touch and go last night and finally talk to one of the fire guys, he said the wind had changed and it looks like we were good to stay in the place overnight," said John Gottbreth.

About 560 personnel are fighting the fire and more crews are on their way.

Crews are being supported from the air with six helicopters and five retardant dropping air tankers.

FOX 12 learned that crews are battling conditions they would normally see in August, which means they could be in store for a dangerous summer because of that crews are reminding people to be vigilant and mindful of the dry conditions.

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