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Cooler Weather Helping Wildland Firefighters

Cooler Weather Helping Wildland Firefighters

Cooler temperatures over the weekend helped firefighters contain the dozen large fires burning across Oregon.  But, the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center says more lightning is in the forecast for Northern Central Oregon.

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

Residents of 37 homes in the Ochoco Mountains near Mitchell were allowed to return home after the danger from the Waterman Complex Fires eased.  But Highway 26 remains closed to the Ochoco Summit east of Prineville.

Ray Sessler is a cattle rancher who has thousands of acres in the Ochoco Mountains, near Prineville.  He hasn't lost any cattle but other ranchers have. Sessler says he's never seen so many fires burning at once but there isn't a lot he can do to protect his cattle, other than move them.  That is difficult as the ground is still hot and the cattle can't roam.  

Some good news, the Moccasin Hill Fire, which burned 17 homes near Klamath County a week ago, is now fully contained.

 

 

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