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Showers Help Firefighters In John Day

Firefighters and rainfall have blunted a grass fire threatening the town of John Day in Eastern Oregon.

The National Weather Service says the overnight showers, two of them, amounted to about a tenth of an inch.

That dampened the grass and slowed the flames enough for authorities to lift the be-ready-to-leave notices given to neighborhoods at the edge of town of 1,700 people.

The fire is on ranch land north of town. Lightning is suspected as the cause. The wind shifted Thursday night and drove the flames south toward the city limits. The fire area expanded rapidly, from about 2,000 acres to about 11,500 acres, or about 18 square miles.

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