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Firefighters Battle Large Brush Fire In Southeast Oregon

OPB | July 1, 2013 12:03 p.m. | Updated: July 1, 2013 2:40 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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Firefighters in Southeast Oregon are battling a large brush fire east of Burns. The Curry Canyon fire, as it’s being called, has scorched about 3000 acres north of Juntura.  That’s an unincorporated community along US 20. 

The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.  At this point, it isn’t threatening any homes.

Carol Connolly is fire information officer with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

She says the Northwest region is moving into a period of increased fire risk, as grasses and other vegetation continue to dry out in the hot July sun.

“The current weather we have coming in this week does cause for some concern because with it fire weather forecasters are predicting some lightning and some thunderstorms, some of it with moisture and some of it without,” said Connolly.

The National Weather Service has issued a “hazardous weather outlook” for parts of Central and Northeast Oregon as well as Central, South and Southeast Washington.  Forecasters say temperatures could reach as high as 108 degrees in some areas on Monday.

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