- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters are battling two fast-moving wildfires that broke out in central Oregon on Saturday afternoon, KTVZ reported (https://tinyurl.com/jwqkz4r).

The flames have burned up to 400 acres and prompted a late-afternoon evacuations in the Saddleback-area near Bend, a city of nearly 80,000 people about 120 miles east of Eugene.

A fire lookout on Black Butte called in the two blazes west of Tumalo Reservoir shortly before 1 p.m., said Lisa Clark of the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville.

Initial reports of the distance between the two blazes varied from a half-mile to 3-4 miles, but Clark said that by mid-afternoon, “they’ve almost grown together.”

Officials say the cause of the fires is under investigation.

It was an early start to wildfire season in central Oregon.


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