Slate Creek Fire Burns

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, September 3 2012 at 10:15 PM, Updated: Tue, September 4 2012 at 11:16 AM

Helicopter after helicopter battled the Slate Creek Fire that started around 1:30 Monday afternoon in the area of Slate Creek Road and Waters Creek Road near the community of Wonder.

"We're lucky there's not much wind," said Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

So far roughly 120-acres have burned and it is 10% contained.

Officials tell NBC 5 News, between 60-80 firefighters are battling the blaze and they'll continue through the night.

"Already ordered night crews for the night shift [...] they'll be working until dawn [...] firefighters will be here 24-hours easy," said Ballou.

However, officials said transporting equipment will be especially difficult.

"Out where the fire is, there are no roads, so bulldozers have been building fire lines as they can and that's what we're going to use as access roads," Ballou said.     

According to officials, about 10 engines, five bulldozers, five helicopters and two air tankers are also on scene.    

As of right now officials say no structures are threatened.

However, fire officials said the closest home is about half-a-mile away from the Slate Creek Fire and if things take a turn there could be a potential threat to nearby homes.

Ballou said if all goes well, he estimates the fire could be contained by Tuesday evening, but he said that would be pushing it.

Waters Creek and Slate Creek roads are closed to non-emergency traffic. Highway 199 is open.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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