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Oregon's biggest wildfire nearing containment

Published On: Aug 06 2014 01:44:27 PM CDT
ROWENA, Ore. -

Firefighters have a line all the way around Oregon's biggest wildfire -- the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border.

Fire spokeswoman Linda Brevard says cooler and moister weather continues to help firefighters. The fire 15 miles east of Ashland is burning on 57 square miles and is considered 37 percent contained.

When it was raging, the fire burned six rural homes. Evacuation alerts have since been eased.

There are 10 large fires in Oregon, with nearly 4,000 people fighting them across 43 square miles of timber and rangeland. The cost to date exceeds $36.7 million.

Fire officials say the Northwest has been at Fire Preparedness Level 5 -- the top level -- since July 16, and the season still has a long way to go.

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