Fire Hits Roadless Area in Southeastern Oregon

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th July Newsfire

Firefighters in southeastern Oregon are battling a blaze in a roadless area near the Nevada border where the grass and sagebrush has been dried out and moths have killed vegetation.

     The fire, named Water Tower, is in an area of about 2 square miles south of Steens Mountain. The federal fire coordinating agency reported that lines have been drawn around half the fire. Lightning was listed as the cause.

     The fire was reported moving north-northeast Thursday morning, but it could threaten three homes and a power line if the winds push it south.

     A spokeswoman for the fire team, Tara Martinak, said the firefighters were making good progress Thursday morning.

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