KOAT-TV.com - The Thompson fire was first reported Friday afternoon. Fire officials said the fire has reached 1,200 acres in size. The fire started on private land and has burned onto some federal Forest Service property. Crews report fire is creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching.
Resident Lisa Yost said the fire started next door to her home. "My husband, Craig, said it was a power line between our house and the neighbor's house, and it went down and caught the grass on fire," said Yost.
Strong winds and dry conditions quickly fanned the fire, prompting firefighters to force evacuation in 40 homes. "We just went in and got as much out of the house as we could, and they told us we need to leave because the helicopters were coming in and they wouldn’t dump while we were there," said Yost.
Officials said no homes have been lost. Nearly 100 fire personnel were fighting the fire into the evening Friday. Read more