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  • Work on Camp Creek, Pumice complexes continues to progress

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  • Fire crews working to contain blazes in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and at Crater Lake National Park continue to get the upper hand, officials say.
    Officials at the Camp Creek Complex reported most of the dozen-plus lightning-sparked fires in the High Cascades Ranger District are contained. There are 518 personnel still working on the complex, assisted by five engines, five dozers, 10 water tenders and three helicopters.
    The 300-acre Fire 790, located in the Big Bend drainage, has no containment, but crews have begun clearing ground fuels from alongside roads to draw containment lines. Recent rains and cool weather have helped its rate of growth, Camp Creek Complex officials reported.
    The 15-acre Bailey fire, located east of Fish Lake, is contained, as is the 15-acre Camp Creek Fire and the 50-acre Cluster Fire, both near Rustler Peak. Mop-up and containment operations continue on the six-fire Smith Rock Cluster, north of Smith Rock, with five of the six fires fully lined. Crews are also still working on a 5-acre blaze on Mount McLoughlin's north slope, three small fires in the Seven Lakes Basin, and the 40-acre Fire 672 within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Containment efforts are also underway on two additional small fires near Smith Rock, the 1-acre Fire 666 and Fire 833, which is less than 1/10th of an acre.
    The area saw a few strikes, but most of the lightning activity was reported east of the area.
    The 50-acre Pumice Complex at Crater Lake National Park, which was made up of 23 small fires within a 35-mile radius at its peak, is about 75 percent contained. Five small fires remain, with crews working on mop-up today. There are 130 firefighters working on the complex, assisted by four engines and a helicopter.
    Fire officials reported recent wet weather has helped, but that crews will be on the lookout for new fire starts started by lightning that came with it.

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