Wildfire burning in north-central Oregon doubles in size

Wildfires continue to burn in southwest Oregon
Photo: Substation Fire 2018 / Facebook

DUFUR, Ore. (AP) – A new wildfire burning southeast of The Dalles more than doubled in size overnight.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center says the fire was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday between Dufur and the Deschutes River. By Friday morning, it scorched more than 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) as it approached the river.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that residents along the river from Sherars Falls to Mack’s Canyon should evacuate.

A large wildfire in that same part of north-central Oregon killed a tractor operator last week.

Meanwhile, another day of active fire growth was expected in Southern Oregon, a dry region baking in triple-digit heat.

Numerous lightning-sparked blazes have ignited there in recent weeks. One of them, the Garner Complex, has burned nearly 40 square miles of land in Jackson and Josephine counties.