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Crews Making Progress On Central Oregon Wildfire

A large wildfire burning in Central Oregon is now 75 percent contained. That’s according to Oregon’s Department of Forestry.

Lightning sparked the Box Springs Fire over the weekend. So far it’s burned more than 500 acres of timber and brush northeast of Prineville. Firefighters appeared to turn the corner Tuesday by establishing a line around the fire’s perimeter, effectively halting its progress.

Tracy Wrolson is an assistant district forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Central Oregon. He says the focus is now on mop-up.

Wrolson says crews are on the lookout for hot spots that could flare up later.

“We’re only in mid-July. We have a long fire season ahead of us yet. And we want to put this fire to bed so we make sure we don’t have to deal with it again this summer,” Wrolson explained.

ODF plans to transition its team out Friday and turn operations over to local crews. Fire forecasters are predicting more lightning storms could hit the region early next week.

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