Akawana Fire threatens hundreds of homes in Central Oregon

Image courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Image courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Sister, Ore. (KPTV) — More than 900 homes are being threatened by the Akawana Fire in Central Oregon.

Fire officials said the fire started on Tuesday after a lightning strike. Hundreds of firefighters are currently working to put it out.

The fire is about 44% contained and is burning about 13 miles north of Sisters. Fire crews said around 2,000 acres have burned.

More than 900 homes in the Three Rivers Grandview area were considered threatened and were under a level 2 evacuation notice. Now, about 600 homes in that area have been downgraded to a level 1 evacuation order.

One homeowner John Gottbreth says the downgrade comes as a big relief, “It was a little touch and go last night and finally talk to one of the fire guys, he said the wind had changed and it looks like we were good to stay in the place overnight.”

About 560 personnel are fighting the fire and more crews are on their way.

 

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