Stagecoach wildfire threatens Oregon town

8:10 AM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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By John Hendricks

GILCHRIST, Ore. (KTVB/NBC) - A fast-growing forest fire broke out in the woods of Oregon's northern Klamath County south of La Pine Monday afternoon and put up a tall plume, quickly burning across 400 acres northeast of Gilchrist and triggering evacuations of about 120 homes for several hours, officials said.

The Stagecoach Fire was reported by the Odell Butte lookout around 3:30 p.m. about eight miles northeast of Gilchrist and five miles south of the junction of Highways 97 and 31. It roared across 400 acres of lodgepole pine in just three hours.

The fire broke out a half-mile east of Highway 97 near Old Stagecoach Road and was moving generally toward the southeast, said Lisa Clark of the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

April Makinson looked on as the smoke billowed into the afternoon sky.

"It is a little frightening because you don't know what's happening with those people back there, fire is a scary thing," Makinson said.



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