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Two small wildfires break out near Cave Junction

Oregon Department of Southwest Oregon District crews are battling two small wildfires reported late Monday morning about 10 miles northeast of Cave Junction. [ODF Southwest Oregon District photo]

Wildland firefighters Monday were battling two small fires about 10 miles northeast of Cave Junction.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said it was fighting two fires near Little Grayback Peak — one estimated at 1-1/2 acres burning on private land and another that had burned a tenth of an acre on Bureau of Land Management land, according to an 11:56 a.m. post on the ODF Southwest Oregon District Facebook page.

The fires were “spreading minimally,” the post said, and neither fire was threatening structures, but the fires were burning in difficult terrain with hazards such as snags, steep ground, and risks of falling trees and rolling logs.

“These factors will mean containment may take longer to ensure the safety of those on the line,” the ODF post stated.

Fire investigators were on scene working to determine the cause of the fires, the post said.