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  • Slate Creek fire nearly contained, has burned 150 acres

  • A wildfire that sparked Monday in the Slate Creek area west of Grants Pass has grown to 150 acres and is on its way to being contained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
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  • A wildfire that sparked Monday in the Slate Creek area west of Grants Pass has grown to 150 acres and is on its way to being contained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
    ODF spokesman Brian Ballou reports the blaze is 60 percent contained, after fire crews spent the day digging line around the fire and a helicopter dropped buckets of water on hotspots.
    "The good news is, we have a fire line around the whole thing," Ballou said.
    The cause of the Slate Creek fire outside of Wonder on Bureau of Land Management property still was under investigation late Tuesday. The fire had not destroyed any structures.
    Ballou said crews made good progress on the fire because there was no wind to push it deeper into the wilderness.
    "We haven't had much wind at all, which is always the big problem on these fires," Ballou said.
    Ballou expects the blaze to be fully contained in the next few days.
    "After that (the firefighters) have several days of mop up ahead of them," Ballou said.
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