The largest wildfire of the young season grew to 10,000 acres Friday morning in Central Oregon.

The Boxcar Fire, which started three miles south of Maupin, closed part of U.S. Highway 197 and is expected to grow.

A level 1 evacuation — meaning “get ready” — has been issued for East Maupin, according to the city’s Facebook page.

“This is pretty typical rangeland fire that can grow pretty quickly with a little wind, and that’s what’s happening now,” fire spokeswoman Jean Nelson-Dean said. “We’re expecting it to grow today.”

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