Wildfire near Maupin more than doubles in size, Graham fire scorches two homes

The Graham Fire grew to 2,000 acres on June 21, 2018. Residents nearby were issued Level 3 evacuation notices. Photo courtesy Central Oregon Fire Info

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — The Boxcar Fire burning brush and grass near Maupin in north-central Oregon has more than doubled in size to 36 square miles (93 square kilometers).

Fire officials say Saturday's efforts will include the use of helicopters to protect Maupin.

The wind-driven wildfire is mostly burning in sage brush and grass along with some juniper.

The lightning-caused fire that started Thursday is about 10 percent contained with fire officials predicting it could be contained by June 30.

The Prineville District Bureau of Land Management has evacuated Harpham Flat, Longbend, Wapinita and Devil’s Camp campgrounds out of an abundance of caution. Highway 197 is closed at the intersection with Highway 97 to the town of Maupin.

About 90 firefighters are fighting the wildfire.

Another lightning-caused wildfire near Culver, known as the Graham Fire, has scorched about 3 square miles (8 square kilometers), destroyed two homes and triggered the mandatory evacuation of about 200 other homes in the Three Rivers Subdivision.

That fire is about 50 percent contained.

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