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William Charba

Shaniko Butte Fire 80 percent contained

The 10-day-old, more than 40,000-acre Shaniko Butte Fire was 80 percent contained by late Wednesday, with the firefighting force dropping below 300 and full containment predicted Sunday night.

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C.O. Interagency Dispatch Center

Storms move on; will warm-up bring 'sleeper' fires?

As thunderstorms left the High Desert late Wednesday but lingered to the north and east, Central Oregon initial attack crews responded to several more smoke reports and waited for hotter weather in days to come, when more "sleeper" fires could be spotted.

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Waterman Complex fires 90 pct. contained

The 12,520-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires was 90 percent contained by late Wednesday, as crews quickly caught three new fire starts in the area from the latest round of lightning.

Bridge 99 tractor working fire line

Steve Ziel

Bridge 99 Complex: 50 percent contained

Area closures have been reduced on the week-old, nearly 6,000-acre Bridge 99 Fires, now 50 percent contained. Here's Wednesday's update:

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Ochoco Complex update: Storms bring help, trouble

Storms dropped rain on some of the fires in the 6,500-acre Ochoco Complex of blazes on the Ochoco National Forest, which as of Wednesday were 22 percent contained.

OR National Guard aiding in wildfire fight

Ore. National Guard helping on Logging Unit fires

As thousands of acres burn across Oregon, the Oregon Army National Guard is now helping in the fight, including four helicopters stationed in Madras.

Buzzard Complex rangers Brooke Nyman

Brooke Nyman

Oregon's Buzzard Complex fire leaves dead cattle

DREWSEY, Ore. (AP) — It's before dawn Tuesday, but the mosquitoes are already up and biting as Bill Wilber, his two brothers, George and Pat Wilber, and their nephew, Casey Wilber, load four horses into a long aluminum trailer.


C.O. public lands impose campfire restrictions

With hot and dry weather returning and numerous wildfires being tackled, federal land managers in Central Oregon said Wednesday they are implementing campfire restrictions, except in designated campgrounds.

Camas Prairie Fire


Evacuation notice lifted on Logging Units Fires

Due to progress on the 10,350-acre Logging Unit Fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, all pre-evacuation notifications for the Sidwalter Flat area have been lifted, officials said Wednesday.

Buzzard Complex ICP lightning

Steve Williams

395,000-acre SE Oregon fires 90 pct. contained

The Buzzard Complex of fires that burned almost 400,000 acres of rangeland in southeast Oregon were 90 percent contained by Wednesday and crews were helping battle other blazes sparked by new lightning in the area.

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