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  • Oregon Gulch fire stays put for now

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  • The Oregon Gulch Fire didn't budge last night.
    That's the latest word from the front lines on the largest blaze in the Beaver Complex, with fire officials pointing to cooler temperatures overnight that helped contain the flames even further.
    "It's really helping people mop up," said fire public information officer Don Hickman.
    The lightning-sparked fire that roared to life last week hasn't exceeded 36,568 acres for the past 24 hours, and crews now have it 35 percent contained, Hickman added.
    Evacuation advisories for the 6000 block of Copco Road south to the Oregon border and the Klamath River Canyon from the John C. Boyle Dam to the California border have recently been reduced to level 2 - be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
    Additionally, fewer crew members are needed for structural protection, with Lane County's task force demobilizing Tuesday. However, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are still threatened. All evacuation advisories in Siskiyou County have been lifted.
    Rain did fall over parts of Klamath County, with Klamath Falls and Keno both receiving more than one-half inch. It's not known if significant rain fell on parts of the fire or if it assisted firefighters, but the cool temperatures did help slow the growth.
    "It's sounding like they had a pretty good night," Hickman said.
    The much-smaller Salt Creek Fire also has seen no additional momentum in the past day. It remained at 87 percent containment late Tuesday night, holding steady at 155 acres burned.
    There are no red flag warnings or fire weather watches for today, though the National Weather Service did say there were close to 30 air-to-ground lightning strikes in Klamath County Tuesday afternoon and night. There is no word on whether any strikes resulted in new fire starts.

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