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Firefighters Gaining The Upper Hand On Eastern Oregon Wildfires.

OPB | July 5, 2013 11:59 a.m.

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Firefighters appear to be gaining the upper hand on a number large wildfires burning in Eastern Oregon. 

Fire managers say the largest of those, known as the Owhyee Fire is 85 percent contained as of Friday morning.  

The fire was sparked by lightning earlier in the week.  So far, it’s burned more than 46,000 acres west of Adrian.

Most of the other fires resulting from this week’s storms are either fully or nearly contained.

Carol Connolly is fire information officer with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.   She says some firefighters will soon be moving to Western Oregon to help out with the first major fire there this season. 

The Stratten Creek Fire began Thursday.  So far it’s burned 200 acres of grass and timber just northwest of Grants Pass.

“That fire is a good indicator that it is drying out throughout the region.  And that is a human-caused fire, so we just ask folks to be really careful when they’re out on public lands recreating,” said Connolly.

Connolly expects firework activity could continue through the weekend, even though the July 4th holiday has passed.

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