Cooler weather helps contain Oregon wildfires

By JEFF BARNARD

Associated Press

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said Monday that more lightning with the potential to start more wildfires is in the forecast for northern Central Oregon.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Cooler temperatures over the weekend helped firefighters contain the dozen large fires burning across Oregon.

But the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said Monday that more lightning with the potential to start more wildfires is in the forecast for northern Central Oregon.

On Sunday, fire managers lifted the rafting closure on the Deschutes River near Warm Springs after burning out a section of the Shaniko Butte fire.

And residents of 37 homes in the Ochoco Mountains near the community of Mitchell were allowed to return home after the danger from the Waterman Complex fires eased. But U.S. Highway 26 remains closed at the Ochoco Summit east of Prineville.

The Moccasin Hill fire, which burned 17 homes in an off-the-grid subdivision in Klamath County a week ago, is now fully contained.



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