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Firefighters Make Progress On Largest NW Blazes


Firefighters appear to be getting a handle on two major fires burning in the Northwest.

Along the Oregon-California Border, the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains is now 30 percent contained.

Cooler temperatures and scattered showers are helping firefighters hold the line on the fire there. It remained at 57 square miles for the second day in a row.

Most of that is in Jackson and Klamath counties.
Fire officials say a lighting strike started a new small fire just north of the northern fire perimeter near Highway 66, but crews are on it. In Washington, the biggest fire in that state’s history is now 90 percent contained.

The Carlton Complex has grown to 255,000 acres and crews have fire lines running nearly 200 miles around it.

The AP contributed to this report.