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Fire halted within 1.5 miles of Prairie City

By Nancy McCarthy

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 29, 2015 12:00PM

Last changed on August 29, 2015 12:05PM

PRAIRIE CITY — Flames got within a half mile of the Art Morgan Road and within 1.5 miles southwest of Prairie City and into Shaw Gulch Saturday before fire crews were able to halt the fire.

Evacuation levels, however, remain the same.

Fire crews still expect heavy winds that will push the Canyon Creek Complex fire to the east.

The 62 Road is closed to vehicle traffic, except for homeowners and emergency vehicles, said Vince Mazzier, public information officer for the Great Basin Incident Management Team.

Mazzier said there have been reports of structures lost, but no information is available until an assessment is made.

Residents in portions of Prairie City were told to leave immediately early Saturday morning as fire threatened the town.

Some are making their way to Mt. Vernon, where the Red Cross has set up a shelter in the Mt. Vernon Grange.

“I drove down from the forest service office and saw a convoy of pick-ups and trailers heading toward Mt. Vernon,” Mazzier said.

The fire has burned 87,145 acres so far, about 258 acres more than Friday. It remains 44 percent contained.

An evacuation Level 3 alert has been given for:

• 62 Road North from Forest Boundary to Prairie City

• All of Strawberry Road

• The south side of Prairie City, from the John Day River south

Level 2:

• The north side of Prairie City, from the John Day River north)


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