PORTLAND, Ore. – Firefighters hope to contain a wildfire in central Oregon by Sunday.
Lightning started the "Buckhorn Complex" fire northwest of Fossil, Ore., on Tuesday. Plentiful fuel of juniper, sagebrush and grass – nestled in steep canyons – has allowed the fire to spread beyond 4,000 acres.
About 200 firefighters and other personnel have had the fire 60-percent contained as of Saturday morning.
In Washington's Chelan County, people have been forced out of their homes due to three different wildfires. The largest is burning along the Nahahaum (na-hahm) Canyon in Washington. (See "Hundreds of firefighters battle Chelan County wildfires.")
The fire started Friday afternoon and quickly grew. The latest estimate on that fire is that more than 3,000 acres have been burned.
No homes have been damaged in Chelan County and no injuries have been reported as of Saturday.
These fires burn in the Pacific Northwest at the same time as a wildfire in California threatens homes after jumping an aqueduct Friday. Some 2,000 structures have been threatened and 300 homes have been evacuated, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
Meanwhile, in Oregon's Grants Pass area Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Forest Service to take a tougher look at the possibility that routinely dropping toxic fire retardant on wildfires from airplanes will kill endangered fish and plants.