Hot dry Central Oregon weather means fire can spread easily

The hot dry Central Oregon weather means fire can spread easily.

A Madrs-area shop fire started a one acre grass fire yesterday.

Firefighters were able to stop the Elk Drive blaze before it burned any homes, but the shop was destroyed.

Meanwhile, KTVZ reports a brush fire near Cow Canyon north of Madras blackened about 500 acres.

Some homes were threatened for a time, prompting pre-evacuation notices, but crews were able to get it under control before it damaged any structures.

Investigators are looking into the cause of both fires.