SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have thwarted a fast-moving fire and protected a subdivision of weekend getaway homes in Central Oregon.
An evacuation notice was lifted about 10 p.m. Monday in the Three Rivers development about 15 miles northeast of Sisters.
Lisa Clark, a spokeswoman for agency firefighters, said about 100 homes were threatened. But because it was a weekday night, only about 15 people were in the subdivision.
She said firefighters did a "burnout operation."
They lit a fire along a road that denied the wildfire the fuel it might have used to get across the road and into the subdivision.
Clark says the combination of the road and the strip deliberately set afire created a large barrier, so authorities lifted the evacuation order.
No homes were damaged, although a pickup and utility trailer were destroyed by the fire, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Roads are open in the area, but people are asked to stay away so fire crews can work. If you are driving in the area, ODF officials ask you to slow down and watch for fire trucks.
In 2002, wildfire burned 18 homes in the subdivision.
Elsewhere, firefighters are looking for any other fires that might have started during an extensive lightning storm on Sunday.