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Second Sisters fire burns 300 acres.

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SISTERS - Firefighters are working on the second fire of the year near this Central Oregon town as the Lake George Fire has burned about 300 acres in the Deschutes National Forest as of Thursday night.

The fire is burning in bug-killed lodgepole pine and fir about 13 miles west of Sisters in the Mount Washington Wilderness. It grew from about 20 acres earlier in the day, with west winds pushing the fire east and causing spot fires ahead of the main blaze, according to the Forest Service.

Air tankers and helicopters worked the fire throughout the afternoon as ground crews made their way toward the blaze. Fire engines and bulldozers were on hand in case the fire burned outside the wilderness boundary.

Firefighters were expected to build fire lines around the fire through Thursday night and this morning.

Crews from the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Forestry were battling the fire.

Elsewhere in the state, the 600-acre Rock Springs Fire in Wheeler County was 60 percent contained. The 800-acre Three Horses Fire, also in Wheeler County, was 95 percent contained with full containment expected today.

On Mount Hood, firefighters added crews and equipment Thursday as they battled 10 fires burning within two wilderness areas.

Recreation sites and the watershed of The Dalles faced a threat but were in no immediate danger, said Bernie Pineda, a spokesman for the fire teams.

But, he said, ``We're dealing with a fire that's uncontrolled. We're not dealing with a fire that can be steered and controlled.''

A section of Route 35 in the popular recreation region remained closed.

The fires were burning on about 400 acres in the Mount Hood and Badger Creek wilderness areas, which flank the highway.

Pineda said the Mount Hood wilderness was difficult terrain for firefighters, and planes and helicopters dropping retardant did much of the work there.

He said a total of 13 crews were on the fires, some made up of government workers, others contract workers. Another five crews were to join the fight by today, he said.

He said firefighters were gaining on many Pacific Northwest blazes, so more resources were shifted to Mount Hood.

The Mount Hood fires began with a surge of lightning strikes Sunday evening.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 11, 2006
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