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Jul 21, 2013 7:22 PM by Associated Press

Warm Springs wildfire forces resort closure

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) - A wildfire more than 15 square miles large forced the evacuation of an Oregon resort over the weekend and caused road closures.

KTVZ reports that the fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation raced across rangeland over the weekend, aided by hot temperatures and wind. On Sunday, the fire threatened the Kah-Nee-Ta resort.

The Oregonian reports more than 350 firefighters are on the ground combating the blaze, which investigators suspect it was human-caused. The fire prompted an overnight evacuation of 200 people but they have been allowed to return home Sunday.

Assistant fire management officer William Williams told KTVZ that the Indian Head Casino, U.S. Highway 26, and the town of Warm Springs were not in danger. He says the highway is fully operational for drivers.

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