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Draw Fire

The Draw Fire, northeast of Chiloquin, has burned more than 500 acres of the Fremont-Winema National Forest since it was started Sunday by a lightning strike. High winds have caused the fire to spread across containment lines as crews continue to battle the blaze.

Crews are continuing to battle a wildfire near Chiloquin as night winds sent the blaze across containment lines Monday, according to authorities.

The Draw Fire had burned 537 acres as of Tuesday afternoon in an area of the Fremont-Winema National Forest 20 miles northeast of Chiloquin.

The fire was sparked by a lightning strike Sunday night as local temperatures reached into the 90s. On Monday, winds reaching 55 mph pushed the fire southeast past containment lines and, by that night, the blaze was entirely uncontained.

On Tuesday morning, crews had reached around 20 percent containment, through winds continued to contribute to the rapid spread of the fire. At least 150 responders were on scene by Tuesday night with no injuries yet reported.

Air tankers and helicopters have been also called in to aid in fire suppression.

So far the fire has not threatened any structures and an evacuation order has not been issued. Residents near Chiloquin and Klamath Marsh have been warned of high levels of smoke from the fire, while motorists on nearby highways are encouraged to use caution while driving through the areas.