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Larch Creek Fire rages near Dufur

DUFUR – At the Larch Creek Fire south of Dufur, state, local and federal authorities were trying to slow the fire’s spread toward Highway 197 and the community of Shadybrook to the south. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said the fire had reached 7,100 acres as of Wednesday evening, based on more accurate maps.

The fire is burning primarily in open grasslands. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center estimates that 730 homes are threatened. Level three evacuations and level two and one warnings remain in effect.

These were the water levels on Wednesday, 17:00:

Stage 3, STARTING NOW – Remains in effect for residential areas from Friend Rd, east to Elliott Rd and Highway 197, south to Badger Creek Rd, west to Mc Corkle Grade Rd.

Level 2 GET SET – Remnants of Fairgrounds Rd, east to Highway 197, north to Shadybrook Rd, south to Fairgrounds Rd. Areas east of Highway 197, east to the Deschutes River, north to Hulse Rd and south to Highway 216

Level 1: Get Ready – Remnants of Badger Creek Rd/Fairgrounds Rd, south to Rock Creek Dam Rd/Wamic Market Rd, west to Threemile Rd, east to Highway 197. **NEW AREA** Elliott Rd, east to Kingsley Rd./Dufur Gap Rd., north to Friend Rd. and south to the Level 3 boundary.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is posting the latest evacuation warnings on its Facebook page. The fire, believed to be human-caused, was first reported Tuesday afternoon. An American Red Cross shelter is open at Maupin High School.

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