Crews in the remote subdivision of Three Rivers managed to save most structures in the evacuated 200-home development, dousing them in water and fire retardant and clearing brush and trees, said David Widmark, spokesman for the Northwest Fire Coordination Center.
"There are lots of heroic efforts by firefighters.
said the fire approached the Three Rivers airstrip on Sunday and was burning aggressively along a ridgeline near Madras, about 100 miles southeast of Portland.
Evacuees were taken to Jefferson County Middle School
About 960 firefighters battled the fire Sunday morning and "considerably more" were expected, Widmark
All 200 homes were evacuated Saturday afternoon, and the evacuation order was later extended to an additional 80 homes in the nearby developments of Forest Park and Chinook Village, Widmark
said.It was not clear if any those homes had burned by Sunday morning.
"This fire's burning very erratically," Widmark
The fire was started by lightning early last week in steep terrain, then zigzagged and crossed containment lines several times.It even jumped the Metolius River and burned into a roadless section of the Deschutes National Forest, and firefighters had to use boats to reach the area.
Wildfires were burning in other western states as well Sunday.
In western Colorado, a 4,100-acre wildfire forced evacuations late Saturday in Redvale, a town of about 400.