Authorities have closed roads and evacuated homes Wednesday afternoon for multiple fires burning near Weston.
According to fire crews at the scene, one fire was roughly 100 acres in size and burning through standing wheat and stubble. Umatilla County Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said there were as many as three fires burning in the area.
Highway 204 is closed and some homes on Winn, Kirk and Little Dry Creek roads were evacuated. No structure damage has been reported.
One fire started within a quarter mile of a barn belonging to Preson Winn on CRP land northeast of Weston, but he said a neighbor put it out as the wind pushed it south. If the wind was blowing north, it could have done real damage to his property.
Firefighters from several nearby agencies, including Pendleton, Hermiston, East Umatilla County, Helix and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, have been called to help control the blaze, and both Oregon State Police and Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office are on scene. A staging area has been formed to help combat the fire.
Fire burned as close as the cemetery on the east side of Weston, but that has been extinguished.
East Oregonian reporters and photographers are on scene. Check back at eastoregonian.com for updates throughout the day.