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Oregon's Largest Fires Nearly Contained While New Blazes Spread

OPB | July 22, 2014 2:25 p.m. | Updated: July 23, 2014 7 a.m. | Portland

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Some of Oregon’s largest wildfires are starting to slow down as firefighters secure the perimeters, but other fires are picking up steam.

The Buzzard Complex wildfires are still at 395,747 acres and are 85 percent contained. Scattered thunderstorms will bring both intense rain and strong winds.

The Shaniko Butte wildfire on the Warm Spring Indian Reservation stayed at 42,500 acres Tuesday. The fire is now 75 percent contained.

The Black Rock wildfire covers 35,731 acres and is 85 percent contained. Scattered thunderstorms will be in the area through Wednesday. There’s a red flag warning in effect for lightning.

Nearby, the Pine Creek wildfire south of Fossil grew to 30,245 acres and is now 65 percent contained.

The Donnybrook wildfire near Antelope is 22,763 acres and 70 percent contained.

The Waterman Complex wildfires grew to 12,520 acres and are 75 percent contained. The cool temperatures in the region have helped with firefighting efforts.

The Logging Unit wildfires 25 miles outside of Warm Springs now cover 10,302 acres and are only 5 percent contained.

The Pittsburg wildfire north of Pittsburg Landing on the Idaho side of the border is 8,000 acres and is now 85 percent contained.

The Sunflower wildfire near Monument covers 7,146 acres and is 50 percent contained. Rainfall Monday night helped to wet some of the area. Officials predict to fully contain the fire by July 26.

Wildfires a part of the Ochoco Complex in the Ochoco National Forest grew to 6,333 acres and is 22 percent contained.

The Bridge 99 Complex wildfires cover 5,915 acres and are 31 percent contained. Thunderstorms are rolling into the area with possibly strong winds.

As of Tuesday morning, the Hurricane Creek wildfire in Eastern Oregon is now 645 acres and is 20 percent contained.

The Bingham Complex wildfires near Detroit span about 450 acres. The complex is about 30 percent contained. Officials predict to contain the fires by July 28.

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