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Oregon fire updates

With a majority the Douglas Complex fires contained, the Oregon Department of Forestry will turn management of suppression efforts over to the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Monday.

The fires burning on 48,679 acres approximately seven miles north of Glendale are 86 percent contained. Fire officials predict the fires will be fully contained Sept. 1.

The fires are burning on private and Bureau of Land Management timberland. State officials assumed command soon after the lightning-sparked fires broke out July 26.

The number of firefighters and support personnel assigned to the complex has dropped to 815. Fire officials say 18 crews and 21 engines will remain to mop up around the perimeters of the fires.

Meanwhile, the 17,891-acre Whiskey Complex fires six miles east of Tiller is 90 percent contained. Fire officials had hoped to have the fires fully contained by Friday.

Some 367 firefighters and support staff are assigned to the fires burning in the Umpqua National Forest.

Several other large fires continue to burn in Oregon.

The Government Flats Complex is burning 12,070 acres 10 miles southwest of The Dalles. Flames were threatening a Bonneville Power Administration power line Saturday.

The 23,829-acre Big Windy Complex eight miles northwest of Galice in Josephine County is 35 percent contained.


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