Oregon Public Broadcasting

Fire officials are reporting that a wildfire burning in the southeast corner of Oregon has grown to nearly 300 thousand acres. That's about 10 times larger than it was Tuesday.

2012-07-11-fire-resized_small.jpgBureau of Land ManagementSmoke from the Long Draw Fire looms over Hwy 95 in southeast Oregon.

Crews had built fire lines on three sides, only to have that work undone with a burst of erratic winds.

Temperatures in the area have hovered around a hundred degrees and are expected to continue through the rest of the week.

"The crews have done a good job of protecting structures," said Mike Stearly, a public information officer with the incident management team assigned to the blaze. "There's been a few fence lines, power lines and some outbuilding on the ranches that have burned but no residences or evacuations."

The fire has disturbed traffic along Highway 95. It's the main road fire crews are using to get resources to the line. ODOT expects to be closing the highway off and on through Wednesday.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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