Firefighters Working to Contain 13,000-acre Fire in Ore.

July 23, 2013
More than 300 firefighters have been working at the fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation since Saturday.

July 21--About 350 firefighters are working to contain a 13,000-acre fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, according to the Warm Springs Fire & Safety Department.

No structures have been destroyed, said Luther Clements, assistant fire management officer of operations for the department. One firefighter injured his knee, Clements said.

Simnasho-Hot Springs Road is closed from Warm Springs Road to U.S. 26, he said.

The fire started about 9 a.m. Saturday on Simnasho-Hot Springs Road, Clements said. The Warm Springs Indian Reservation sits along U.S. 26 south of Mt. Hood.

"The fire burned active all day and through the night" due to dry and windy conditions, Clements said. The fire calmed around 3 a.m. Sunday, he said.

Around 200 people were evacuated overnight, Clements said. They have returned to their homes, he said.

Crews from federal agencies, nearby counties and private companies have responded to the fire, Clements said, and one helicopter is on scene.

The firefighters expect to contain the fire today and keep it to the south of the Warm Springs River, Clements said.

The fire is believed to be human-caused, Warm Springs assistant fire management officer of logistics William Wilson told the Bend Bulletin Sunday.

-- Nicole Friedman

Copyright 2013 - The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

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