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Better Weather Helps Firefighters Battling Warm Springs Blazes

A break between lightning storms has allowed firefighters to make good progress on a series of blazes on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs reservation.

Authorities say lightning caused the 9,500-acre Logging Unit Fires in Central Oregon. And they expect more lightning storms this week.

Jim Whittington is a public affairs officer with an interagency group managing the fires.

He says cooler temperatures are a welcome sight before the next round of lightning.

Whittington explained, “That system that’s going to bring that activity is also pushing in a lot of moist air and that’s going to give us a good 24 hours or so to work on the fires we have right now.”

Residents of 54 homes on the Warm Springs reservation remain on notice, in case an evacuation is called for.

Highway 26 remains open between Warm Springs and Mount Hood. But drivers are encouraged to watch for smoke and fire equipment on the road.

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