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Heat could revive SW fires

GRANTS PASS (AP) — The cool weather that has allowed firefighters to make steady progress against wildfires in southwestern Oregon will be turning warmer this week — so intense burning and smoke are likely to return to the Grants Pass area.

Jeree Mills of the Interagency Coordination Center says lightning later this week should largely bypass the region, but it will pepper central and northeastern Oregon.

Firefighters have the biggest of the fires — the 71-square-mile Douglas Complex — 50 percent contained. A new management team has taken over the Big Windy fire in the Rogue River Canyon 25 miles downstream of Grants Pass. It remains 15 percent contained. Heavy thundershowers last weekend took enough smoke out of the air to let whitewater rafters resume runs down the wild section.

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