9,000-acre Stubblefield Fire threatens dozens of homes in eastern Oregon

The Stubblefield Fire near Condon, Oregon grew to about 5,000 acres Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Photo: Rich Tyler)

Firefighters are working to contain a 9,000-acre wildfire burning dried grass and shrubs in Gilliam County, Oregon.

Winds fueled the Stubblefield Fire on Friday, causing it to grow from several hundred acres to several thousand.

Officials said that 47 homes are threatened by the flames. The Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office issued several evacuation orders for the fire:

Richmond Road remains closed for fire traffic only

Level 2 (BE SET!):

  • North end of Ferry Canyon Road
  • West end of Richmond Lane

Level 1 (GET READY!):

  • Air Base - Mt. View Drive residents

Governor Kate Brown declared the fire a conflagration, allowing the fire marshal and Oregon State Police to mobilize resources from around the state.

Crews from Multnomah and Clackamas County were called out to help fight the fires. Three more task forces from Yamhill, Marion, and Washington counties arrived Saturday morning, officials said.

“This has been an historic hot dry spell, which has left this fuel tinder dry, contributing to fast, hot fire burning behavior,” according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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