Little Valley Fire Grows to 18,000 Acres, Becomes Oregon's Largest

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A wildfire sparked by lightning Wednesday near Little Valley, Oregon, has exploded in size and as of Thursday morning is the largest in the state.

The Little Valley Fire, which is burning two miles south of Little Valley, was first reported Wednesday morning following a series of thunderstorms that moved through the area.

The fire, which is burning grass and brush, is listed as 0% contained. There are some discrepancies in the total size. Some reports list it as having covered 11,000 acres, others place it closer to 18,000 acres. Both numbers are significantly larger than any other fire currently raging in the state.

According to authorities, some structures were threatened on Wednesday and it is not known whether they are still standing.

Just south of the Little Valley Fire, the Dry Lake Fire, also sparked by lightning Wednesday, has grown to 1,000 acres with 0% containment.

To the west, the Long Bend Fire near Maupin, which has grown to over 1,000 acres, is now 90 percent contained and all fire-related evacuations have since been lifted.

Further south, the Darlene 3 Fire near La Pine continued to grow, growing to 3,500 acres overnight as crews continued to work to contain the blaze.

Stay tuned as we bring you more information about this fire.

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