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Crews fighting flames and heat wave while trying to contain Whitewater Fire

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NEAR SANTIAM PASS, OR (KPTV) -

The scorching temperatures in the Northwest have caused wildfires across the region to explode, including the Whitewater Fire, which ignited Wednesday on Mount Jefferson, burning hundreds of acres.

The fire has prompted trail closures, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office noted deputies have gone in to ask hikers and campers to leave the area.

With the forecast expected to remain warm and dry for the next week, firefighters are taking extra precautions when out on the fire line.

The crews are working 12-hour days trying to build a line around the 5,000-acre fire. They’re also taking in water by the gallon to make sure they stay hydrated and getting a hot meal when they get back to camp to refuel for their next shift.

Fire officials said the fire camp for the Whitewater Fire set up at Hoodoo Ski Area is expected to grow in the coming days, swelling beyond the more than 250 firefighters already calling the camp their temporary home.

The U.S. Forest Service reported Friday that more trail closures are possible in the coming days as crews continue to work to contain the wildfire.

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