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Local firefighters helping battle Akawana Fire in central Oregon

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Fire crews are getting the upper hand on a wildfire in Central Oregon, but hundreds of homes are still threatened.

The Akawana Fire is burning over 2,000 acres near Sisters. Crews said lightening is suspected to be the cause of the fire that began on Tuesday.

Firefighters said they have about half of it contained.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping their efforts. 

Evacuation notices have been lowered for many homes, but around 260 homes are still under Level 2 evacuation notice. That means people are directed to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

FOX 12 spoke with a firefighter from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue who just got back from helping crews near the city of Sisters.

Lieutenant Bret Boysen said the change in weather may have saved homes from being destroyed.

"The change was extremely helpful. If conditions held the same from the day before, there was a much higher likelihood of it getting to the house."

More than 600 firefighters are working to bring the Akawana Fire under control.

So far, the estimated cost of fighting the fire is around $950,000.

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