26-acre wildfire affects part of Hwy 26

Highway 47 serves as a detour for eastbound and westbound traffic

The state Department of Transportation said a portion of Highway 26 was closed because of a wildfire near Manning, Aug. 24, 2015 (KOIN)
The state Department of Transportation said a portion of Highway 26 was closed because of a wildfire near Manning, Aug. 24, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation said a portion of Highway 26 was closed until noon Monday because of a wildfire near Manning, Oregon.

ODOT spokesman Lou Torres says Highway 47 serves as a detour for eastbound and westbound traffic. Manning is about 30 miles west of Portland.

The August Fire, as it is called, burned 26 acres and was caused by humans, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said.

Investigators told KOIN 6 News they suspect target shooters started the blaze.

“As you are out there please be sure to curtail any activities that might create sparks of any sort, even if you are driving along,” Banks Fire Dept. spokesperson Scott Adams said. “Make sure you are paying attention to where you are and do not leave gravel and paved roads.”

Signs in the Oregon state parks ban campfires during fire season, Aug. 24, 2015 (KOIN)
Signs in the Oregon state parks ban campfires during fire season, Aug. 24, 2015 (KOIN)

The majority of Oregon’s fire resources are currently battling the Canyon Creek Complex fire near John Day. The blaze has burned more than 73,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes.

The Canyon Creek Complex Fire has caused the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to order people living in the Upper Pine Creek and Upper Dog Creek areas to evacuate.

The sheriff’s office says the evacuation level was increased Sunday night because southwest winds were pushing the flames into the Norton Fork of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.

Officials otherwise reported good progress, with firefighters taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and reduced winds.

The wildfire that started Aug. 12 has burned more than 100 square miles and nearly a quarter of it is contained.

To the northeast, dry fuels and low humidity challenged crews on the Grizzly Bear Complex of fires in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.

On the north side of the blaze, firefighters provided an escort to some evacuated residents living in the Slick Ear area. That allowed six cabin owners to remove their belongings.

KOIN 6 News reporter Chris Holmstrom contributed to this report

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