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Crews closing in on containment of Onion Mountain fire

GRANTS PASS — Fire crews are getting close to the checkmate move with the 4,100-acre wildfire that's been burning outside Grants Pass since Sept. 13.

The Onion Mountain Fire, located 15 miles west of the town, is at 60 percent containment and has only grown by one acre over the last two days, bringing the grand total to 4,106 acres, today's update from fire officials reported.

The 923 crew members still fighting the fire continue to patrol exterior lines and mop up flare-ups and hot spots. Firefighters have been able to move as far as 150 feet inside the perimeter to perform mop-up work.

All previous evacuation advisories for nearby homes have been lifted and the one structural protection task force remaining has been released. The weather is expected to cool over the next few days, with a chance for wetting rain that could assist crews further.

The Sam Brown, Horse Camp, Briggs and Myers campgrounds remain closed, as do portions of U.S. Forest Service roads 2500, 2509 and 2706.

The fire should be fully contained by the end of the week, officials said.

— Ryan Pfeil