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Fire Crews Brace For Windy Conditions In Central Oregon

Central Oregon Fire Info

Fire crews are bracing for more warm, windy weather as they battle a 68-hundred acre blaze in Central Oregon. The Two Bulls Fire west of Bend prompted evacuations over the weekend. About 50 people are still not able to return home. Crews have built a preliminary line around the blaze. Fire Information Officer Lisa Clark says winds up to 20 miles per hour may cause flare-ups. She says weather conditions are more like mid-summer.

Clark: "We're heading into recreation season here in Central Oregon. We are as dry now with our fuel moisture as we normally are in July. So just getting out that early prevention message for anybody who comes over to use extra caution and enjoy recreating in Central Oregon but please make sure all campfires are out if there's no one there to watch them."

The cause of the fire is still unknown. It was first seen Saturday. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act, which brings more resources to protect structures from the blaze. Federal fire management assistance is also available.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.