Good Progress Made On Fire North of Prineville

By Jim McCoy Wed 17th July NewsBox Springs FireOregon Department of Forestry
Firefighters reported "significant progress" Wednesday on a wildfire in Central Oregon, while fire managers looked farther eastward to the potential for wildfires from more than 800 overnight lightning strikes. Fire officials say crews have drawn lines around the Box Springs fire northeast of Prineville and consider it 50 percent contained, a measure of their confidence the lines will hold. It's burning on about 500 acres of private forest. It's the only large fire burning in Oregon. Jeree Mills, a spokeswoman for the federal fire center in Portland, says 862 lightning strikes were recorded overnight in Oregon, many in the Blue and Wallowa mountains. It can take hours and days for fires to flare from such a barrage.

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