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Firefighters battle 500-acre blaze in Central Oregon


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon Forestry Department spokesman says fire crews have completed a fire line around a wildfire that has burned across nearly a square mile of private forest land in central Oregon.



Spokesman Rod Nichols said Tuesday evening in a statement that the Box Springs Fire about 25 miles northeast of Prineville was 25 percent contained.



Firefighters braced for more thunderstorms forecast in the area, as smoke from the fire drifted through Prineville.



The Box Springs fire was started Sunday by lightning and has burned 500 acres of juniper, pine and sage terrain.






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