Wildfires and storms


Beginning late on Labor Day, high winds from the east blew thick smoke into Lincoln County from the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires. Gusts reached as high as 45 mph in the county, downing trees and power poles, trapping visitors in campgrounds, blocking major roadways and keeping utility crews working from shortly after 9 p.m. Monday and into the evening on Tuesday to restore electrical service. Winds contributed to at least three fires in the county, two of which, collectively designated the Echo Mountain Complex, were still burning Tuesday night.

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