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Fire danger elevated to extreme in south central OR; wildfires burning around state

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Rail Fire. Photo: U.S. Forest Service Rail Fire. Photo: U.S. Forest Service
Bybee Creek Fire at Crater Lake. Photo: U.S. Forest Service. Bybee Creek Fire at Crater Lake. Photo: U.S. Forest Service.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The fire danger was elevated to extreme in south central Oregon on Tuesday as fires continued to burn in different parts of the state.

There were four active wildfires in Oregon on Wednesday, including the Rail Fire, which had burned more than 5,500 acres in the Malheur National Forest east of John Day.

The Bybee Creek Fire in Crater Lake National Park had burned 720 acres by Wednesday with containment at 12 percent. The fire two miles from Crater Lake started July 28 and led to closures on the Pacific Crest Trail, Lightning Springs Trail and Backcountry Camp, along with part of West Rim Drive.

The Weigh Station Fire burning off Interstate 84 near Meacham in eastern Oregon was just under 700 acres Wednesday and was 35 percent contained.

The Blue Top Fire started last week near Blue Pool and Tamolitch Falls. It was 29 acres Wednesday with 7 percent containment. The McKenzie River Trail was closed between the trailhead at Trail Bridge Campground and the Carmen Reservoir trailhead. Access to Blue Pool was also closed, but all campgrounds remained open.

The U.S. Forest Service reported that dry conditions in the Lakeview area led to the elevation of the fire danger level to extreme for the south central part of the state. 

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