OR fire grows

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 22, 2002

A large fire in Oregon grew to 94,000 acres Tuesday, threatening some 60 homes near the communities of Silver Lake and Summer Lake, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Forecasters called for dry lightning storms -- posing a high risk for more fires -- but fire crews nonetheless said they were aiming for containment by Thursday.

Fire crews were threatened by short circuits between the ground and power lines in the area. Bolts of electricity shooting from the lines have already killed several cows, and firefighters canít go near the lines.

Two fires joined Saturday to create the large blaze.

Meanwhile, in California, a 9,100-acre blaze north of Los Angeles forced evacuation of the small towns Johnsondale and Ponderosa in the Sequoia National Park.

And in Lyons, CO, firefighters were protecting several hundred homes from a 4,000-acre wildfire that was 10 percent contained. Some 225 households were evacuated Monday with another 500 on evacuation notice.

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