2 hunters safe from eastern Oregon wildfire

2 hunters safe from eastern Oregon wildfire »Play Video
Photo of the fire burning near John Day submitted by Debbie Battle.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities say two bow hunters safely escaped a wildfire burning in rugged terrain in eastern Oregon.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says two law enforcement officers helped the pair get out of harm's way late Tuesday or early Wednesday. No helicopter was used to get them out, despite earlier reports.

The Parish Cabin wildfire has scorched 5,000 acres in the Malheur National Forest.

The blaze was sparked days after the start of bow-hunting season, and deputies evacuated 30 to 40 people from campsites. Palmer says the flames destroyed tents, a bicycle and some plastic furniture.

No part of the wildfire is contained, and its cause is unknown.

Elsewhere, firefighters say they've established containment lines around a large wildfire that's been burning for three weeks in south-central Oregon and northern California.

The Barry Point fire has burned across 145 square miles since it started in a series of lightning strikes Aug. 6.

Several other large fires are burning in Oregon or along its borders.