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Warm Springs fire spreads; 40 houses evacuated

Published on December 31, 1969 3:01AM

Last changed on September 9, 2013 7:05AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A fire that spread rapidly in windy weather on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Central Oregon has led to more evacuations.

More firefighters and a federal management team are being brought in.

The fire started Saturday. Firefighters say it was human caused, but the means haven't been identified.

About 200 people were evacuated and allowed to go home Sunday.

But Sunday afternoon, about 120 people in 40 homes in two subdivisions were told to leave.

Firefighters reported one uninhabited homestead dwelling burned.

Monday morning, the fire size was estimated at up to 39 square miles -- 25,000 acres.

Fire crews were stationed at the Kah-Nee-Ta resort. The main lodge was already closed by an unrelated fire. It started Thursday in the kitchen and caused extensive damage.


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