August 1, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Fire crews dug and burned protective strips around two houses in south-central Oregon to save them from a wildfire that shifting winds pushed out of the hills and into a valley near Lakeview.
Spokeswoman Renee Snyder says the operation Wednesday included coating the houses with protective gel.
She says most of the residents of the two houses fled.
The fire, named Barry Point, is southwest of Lakeview and straddles the Oregon-California border. Snyder says the fire area is about 123 square miles, or 79,000 acres.
It's one of half a dozen large fires under way in Oregon.