Firefighters increased containment of the Graham Fire near Lake Billy Chinook Saturday and Sunday.

Fire officials estimated the fire was 60 percent contained Sunday morning at 2,143 acres. Mop up and monitoring of hot spots continued. Evacuation levels were lowered Saturday night to a warning for residents of the Three Rivers subdivision to be ready to leave. Residents had previously been warned to get out.

The wildfire is burning on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, as well as Bureau of Land Management land. It was sparked by lightning on Wednesday and had burned two homes and several outbuildings.

According to fire officials, firefighting resources from the Oregon State Fire Marshal were released on Sunday. The Oregon Department of Forestry team will remain with local resources to continue monitoring the fire. Seven hand crews, 33 engines and six helicopters were among the resources deployed on the fire on Sunday.

Lake Chinook fire chief Don Colfels said in a release on Sunday that due to the creation of defensible space with reduced fire fuels around homes, many homes were left intact after the fire burned all around them.

A public meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Chinook Store, 8241 SW Jordan Road, Culver, so residents can hear from local officials to learn more about the fire and protecting their homes and lands.

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