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Biggest fire spikes to 1,500 acres; fire camp to go up at the fairgrounds; Green Ridge blaze over 1,000 acres

EDWARD HEATH - Flames engulf timber on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation Aug. 19. The largest fire on the reservation is the 1,500-acre P515 fire. Additonal firefighters and resources were flocking to Jefferson County midweek as lightning-caused fires raged out of control.

The P515 fire, burning 17 miles west of Warm Springs, has pushed up to 1,500 acres as of Thursday morning.

Tribal firefighters are stretched thin with the big blaze plus other smaller fires on the reservation. Help is on the way, though, as additional firefighters are reportedly being called in and will camp at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds starting Thursday night.

The Lionshead fire, buring about 20 miles west of Warm Springs, was estimated at 127 acres Thursday morning.

Both reservation fires are burning through brush and timber country.

The Green Ridge fire, burning about 12 miles northwest of Sisters, near Camp Sherman, was up to 1,100 acres as of Thursday morning, and only 1% contained.

The Northwest Fire Management Team 10 was placed on the fire on Aug. 19. The fire suppression efforts are made very difficult by the steep terrain on the ridge, which creates the east side of the Metolius River drainage. There were reportedly 170 firefighters working the blaze.m

All three blazes were ignited by lighting that hit the region on Sunday, Aug. 16, then fueled by hot, windy weather.

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