An Oregon forest fire that had been contained leaped firebreaks and had burned 2,000 acres as of Saturday. Hot, dry weather created a danger that the blaze could continue to spread.
Firefighters in Southern California conquered a 7,000-acre brush fire started by a teenager's model rocket, and authorities warned that the boy's parents might get the bill.In Washington state, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ron Dehart said most of the 55 small lightning fires in remote areas of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest had either been put out or were under attack. They totaled less than 60 acres.
In Wyoming, firefighters battled Yellowstone National Park's 12th small fire of the year.
The Oregon fire, named Delicious, had been contained at 600 acres Friday, but late afternoon wind carried embers across a firebreak and the flames spread quickly, said Doug Decker of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
There were 400 people on the firebreaks Saturday, he said.
Decker said no homes were in immediate danger from the fire about six miles south of Sisters, but firefighters were keeping their eyes on a ranch toward which the blaze was moving.
The fire was touched off Tuesday night by lightning. After smolder-ing for two days, it grew rapidly Thursday, moving through brush and pine forests on private land northwest of Tumalo Reservoir.
Lightning storms last week started a total of 300 fires around Oregon, said Jim Fisher of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
In Southern California's Orange County, some 700 firefighters took advantage of high humidity and calm wind to surround the 7,000-acre fire Friday. About 150 firefighters remained Saturday to douse hot spots, said fire department spokeswoman Maria Sobol.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested for investigation of unlawful use of a model rocket. It is illegal for a minor to use such rockets without supervision, officials said.
The cost of battling the blaze that began Thursday in Chino Hills State Park, 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, could exceed $500,000, and the 15-year-old's parents may get the bill, said Orange County fire Capt. Dan Young.