Firefighters stand ground against Oregon wildfires

Firefighters stand ground against Oregon wildfires
The Drinkingwater fire near Granite, Ore.

EUGENE, Ore. - Firefighters from Oregon and California have set up a command post at an Interstate 5 rest area near the Klamath River from which to battle the Dutch fire on forestland in the border country between the two West Coast states.

Over 860 firefighters have been assigned to the Dutch fire, along with seven bulldozers and five helicopters.

The fire, considered 20 percent contained, has been held behind fire lines. Inside the 522 acre containment area, approximately 350 acres of vegetation have been burned by the fire. Fire managers said fuel breaks created by the Klamath River Fire Safe Council helped protect structures and gave firefighters a hand. >>> Photos of the Dutch fire

For fire managers, a fuel break is a place where dense or fast-burning plant materials have been thinned or, in some cases, replaced with slower-burning plant life.

However, the terrain in the area is difficult and fire managers consider the Dutch to have high potential for growth if it gets past fire lines.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Other Oregon wildfires

The Buckhorn Fire burning along the John Day River in Central Oregon is now 100 percent contained at just under 4,600 acres. >>> Photos of the Buckhorn fire

Firefighters halted the growth of the Drinkingwater Fire in Northeastern Oregon at 30 acres. The lightning-caused fire was creeping through alpine trees since Thursday. >>> Photos of the Drinkingwater fire