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Cooler Weather Helps Firefighters

Written by Associated Press on July 24, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Cooler temperatures and rain helped firefighters increase containment on the 11 large fires still burning across more than 935 square miles of central and northeastern Oregon.

The Buzzard Complex of fires was 90 percent contained after burning through 618 square miles of rangeland about 45 miles northeast of Burns.

The Waterman Complex of fires was 80 percent contained after burning 20 square miles of timber, brush and grass in the Ochoco Mountains around Mitchell.

The Bridge 99 Fire 20 miles north of Sisters was 50 percent contained after charring 9 square miles, mostly on the Deschutes National Forest.

Oregon received 19,000 lightning strikes since Tuesday afternoon, resulting in at least 25 new fires covering a total of 160 acres, stretching from the southern Cascade Range northwest into central and northeastern Oregon.

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