Wednesday, August 15, 2012
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Residents of about 30 rural homes outside Lakeview were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a lightning-sparked wildfire continued to spread through timber and rangeland, crossing the border into California.
Some residents of the mix of vacation and year-round homes around Drews Reservoir have chosen to stay, complicating the job of firefighters, said fire spokeswoman Renee Snyder. Flames were within hundreds of yards of some homes, where structural fire teams were stationed to protect them.
Residents of a dozen homes on the west side of Goose Lake near the California border were also advised to leave, she said.
Started by lightning, the Barry Point fire has burned 75 square miles of national forest and private lands, and has now moved south into California on the Modoc National Forest. It was 25 percent contained, and firefighters hoped to have it fully contained by Aug. 23.
To the East, the Holloway Fire continued to spread across remote and rugged rangeland straddling the Oregon-Nevada border east of Denio. It has burned 675 square miles, and firefighters hoped to have it contained Thursday evening,
A firefighter who suffered minor burns while battling the Holloway fire was a member of the Zuni Interagency Hotshots from New Mexico, U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Michael Campbell said. Her name was withheld at her request.
Fire officials said the crew was digging fire line Sunday evening near Oregon Canyon Creek about 40 miles east of Fields when flames blew over their position. The rest of the 20-person crew made it to a safety zone, but the woman got separated and took refuge in her emergency fire shelter, a kind of one-person tent made of fireproof material. She was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. The crew was pulled from the fire for counseling.
To the east of the Holloway Fire, crews closed in on containing the Ten Mile Complex, which has burned 22 square miles of rangeland north of Fort McDermitt, Nev.
Elsewhere, the Fort Complex Fire grew to 4 square miles of national forest land straddling the Oregon-California border 10 miles northwest of Happy Camp, Calif. Four small fires were burning in rugged country on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath national forests. About 95 structures were threatened.