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Firefighters work to contain wildfire east of Chiloquin

Fire officials said that the Chiloquin Ridge Fire was estimated at roughly 53 acres and is now 90 percent lined.

Posted: Mar 29, 2021 2:35 PM

CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Firefighters from multiple agencies are working to contain a wildfire east of Chiloquin that broke out on Sunday, officials said Monday.

The Chiloquin Ridge Fire covers roughly 53 acres on both private lands and part of the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Chiloquin Ridge Road. Fire officials said that it is 90 percent lined.

Firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and local fire departments responded to the fire on Sunday evening as winds pushed the fire to spread through a mix of conifers and brush.

"However, as winds subsided overnight, firefighters were able to make good progress on the fire," officials said. "Firefighters plan to start mop-up today."

There are currently no road closures or evacuations in place. Smoke is visible in the area, and may become more noticeable as the fire burns fuels within the interior.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials urged people to use caution with fire on private and public lands.

"Spring winds can be erratic, dry out fuels and carry fire quickly. Conditions are also unseasonably dry this spring, with snowpack receding and long periods between storms," officials said.

The Chiloquin Ridge Fire is one of several fires that started in the area over the weekend — several of which were debris burning piles that escaped and grew, driven by the winds.

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