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Oregon Gulch Fire
Mon August 4, 2014
Crews Start To Catch Up To Oregon Gulch Fire
The 36-thousand-acre Oregon Gulch Fire along the border of California is the largest wildfire currently burning in Oregon. The fire is slowing after days of rapid growth, giving crews a chance to catch up.
The fire was sparked by lightning at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last Wednesday. It was growing 10,000 acres a day going into the weekend, but by Sunday night, the fire’s advance had slowed. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Don Hickman said incident managers are pleased with their progress.
When it’s quiet, crews can actually get up closer,” Hickman said. “We can get more equipment in. We can fly our other resources. We can get a lot of work done when the conditions are a little calmer.”
That lull may not last. The fire is only 20 percent contained and weather forecasters are predicting thunderstorms and gusty winds, which could reinvigorate the blaze. More than 1,300 workers are battling the fire, which has burned several homes and forced evacuations on both sides of the state line.
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