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High Temperatures Expected As Wildfires Continue To Burn

Forecasters in central Oregon expect temperatures could reach into 90s Tuesday, as firefighters continue to battle a number of wildfires there.

Monday night, the Klamath County Sheriff’s office lifted an evacuation order for two subdivisions northeast of Gilchrist. About 120 homes were evacuated that afternoon as that blaze, now being called the Stagecoach Fire, spread quickly through the trees.

Lisa Clark, a fire information officer with the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, says residents were allowed to return to their homes late last night.

“There was definitely a lot of smoke in the area,” she says. “There were a lot of nervous people calling. We had ash falling, a lot of people really concerned about how the fire was going to progress.”

Clark says the blaze has burned about 350 acres. As of Tuesday morning, the fire was just 10 percent contained.

Meanwhile, authorities closed part of the Lower Deschutes River out of concerns the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire could jump the river and endanger rafters. That fire has burned more than 20,000 acres on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.