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Evacuation advisory lifted for homes threatened by fire along Metolius River

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GRANTS PASS, Oregon — The wildfire evacuation advisory has been lifted for the scattered homes along the Metolius River and the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook north of Sisters.

Fire spokeswoman Jeanne (JEE-nee) Klein said Tuesday that the fire lines on the eastern edge of the Bridge 99 fire have been holding, and the Level III evacuation advisory has been dropped to Level II, advising residents to be ready to leave on short notice.

The advisory to be ready to leave on short notice was also eased for hundreds of homes in communities around Lake Billy Chinook.

The Bridge 99 fire was 31 percent contained at nine square miles mostly on the Deschutes National Forest about 20 miles north of Sisters.

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