Long Draw, Miller Homestead Fires Progress

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th July Newsfires

Firefighters say they have kept a wildfire from creeping closer to the small community Frenchglen in southeastern Oregon. More hot, dry and windy weather is expected Thursday, but an assessment from firefighters going into the day said the threat to the hamlet had diminished greatly. Frenchglen is near one of two large fires in the thinly populated ranching region of southeastern Oregon. 

The Miller Homestead Fire is in about 94 square miles - 60,000 acres. Firefighters estimate they have established lines around a little less than a third of it.

 A similar containment estimate applies to the second big fire, named Long Draw, burning on 711 square miles- or 455,000 acres  farther east. A number of outbuildings and several head of cattle have burned. A power line along U.S. 95 was damaged.

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