- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon residents urged to evacuate because of a wildfire have been allowed to return home.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says about 20 structures were threatened by the fire east of Pendleton.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/2arHV8y ) that columns of smoke were still rising over the blaze Sunday.

It scorched roughly 688 acres of grass and timber along Interstate 84 and was 35 percent contained as of Monday evening.

Officials say wildfire activity on the west side of Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon was causing a temporary closure on part of the road that rims the caldera. Park officials say visitors aren’t at risk and can use East Rim Drive for the next few days.

The fire also has closed part of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Dutton Creek Camp north to the trail parking lot on North Entrance Road, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://goo.gl/g2Dsiw).


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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