Thousands still trying to contain regions wildfires

Thousands still trying to contain regions wildfires

GRANTS PASS — More than 2,600 personnel continue to battle two large wildfires in southwestern Oregon.

Officials said Sunday the Douglas Complex blaze north of Glendale has burned nearly 50,000 acres but is now 75 percent contained. The Big Windy Complex fire northwest of Galice is approaching 20,000 burned acres and is only 20 percent contained.

More than 1,000 personnel are assigned to each fire, which were caused by lightning. There are several other fires around the state of differing sizes and containment.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has spent more than $70 million fighting major wildfires so far this summer, far more than it typically spends.


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