Progress on OR Fire, Crews Handle Other Starts

DUFUR, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress against a wildfire burning south of The Dalles, Oregon near Dufur, officials said.

The Wrentham Market Fire is still 10,000 acres large as of Thursday morning, but the containment level is now up to 38%, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal. New resources were also scheduled to arrive, KOIN reported.

The fire’s limited growth is due, in part, to the efforts of fire crews and ranchers — some of whom acted quickly Tuesday to save a beloved old schoolhouse, according to the fire marshal.

The wind had blown toward the Center Ridge Schoolhouse, an abandoned structure popular for photos and an area landmark. Ranchers cut fire lines in the fields around the schoolhouse with the large farm equipment, and fire crews joined them in protecting it officials said.

At least one barn and one outbuilding have been destroyed by the fire. Approximately 70-100 people live in the current mandatory evacuation area.

In northeast Oregon and southeast Washington, forestry officials said fire crews were responding to reports of smoke and fire after thunderstorms Tuesday evening. Officials said on Thursday that 23 fires have been confirmed in those areas.

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