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Firefighters making progress against Oregon wildfires, brace for new lightning strikes


GRANTS PASS, Oregon — Firefighters continue to make progress against 11 major wildfires burning across Oregon, but more fires could be in the offing east of the Cascade Range as a band of lightning storms moves across the northern tier of the state.

Forecasts call for lightning across north-central Oregon into the northeastern corner of the state, where most of the existing fires are already burning. The key will be how much rain falls.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland reports 6,188 people involved in the battle to contain large fires burning across 916 square miles. Four of those are at least 50 percent contained.

The Oregon Department of Forestry reports the 58 square miles of state-protected lands burned so far this year is seven times the 10-year average.

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