Firefighters Containing Blazes in California, Oregon, Yellowstone Park
Undated (AP) _ Humidity helped firefighters conquer a 6,500-acre brushfire started by a teen-ager’s model rocket in a California state park, but a blaze in central Oregon broke its lines and expanded Friday.
The Oregon fire, contained earlier in the week, grew to more than 1,500 acres, said Doug Decker of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Earlier Friday brought a break from lightning storms that ignited the blaze six miles southeast of Sisters, Ore. The fire had been contained at 600 acres Thursday night, said Jim Fisher, another department spokesman.
At least six nearby homes were not in immediate danger.
More firefighters will be added to the crew of 100 that had been battling the blaze, Decker said.
Lightning storms this week started a total of 300 fires around Oregon, Fisher said.
California’s fire started Thursday in Chino Hills State Park, 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, but it was fully surrounded Friday afternoon, said fire spokeswoman Maria Sobol.
″At this point it’s not going anywhere. If weather conditions stay the same, it looks pretty good,″ she said. A lack of wind as well as moisture in the air aided the 700 firefighters.
A 15-year-old Yorba Linda boy was arrested for investigation of unlawful use of a model rocket. It is illegal for a minor to use such rockets without supervision.
The teen, released to his family, told officials the rocket malfunctioned and crashed into the dry brush. He tried to stamp the fire out, suffering minor burns to his leg, then called 911.
In Wyoming, more than 80 firefighters, aided by fire retardant drops by air tankers, battled flames Friday from Yellowstone National Park’s 12th fire of the year.
It was only the second fire, however, to grow larger than two acres. The first, a 220-acre fire, was contained Monday.
In Washington state, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ron Dehart said most of the 55 small lightning fires in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest have either been put out or were under attack.
Totaling less than 60 acres, they were scattered in dozens of remote areas in eastern Snohomish, Skagit and King counties, he said.
More than 30 lightning-sparked fires, ranging from small spots to 100 acres, were burning Friday in the rugged 3,000-foot to 7,000-foot slopes of the eastern Cascades, in the Wenatchee National Forest.