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Almeda fire largely stays in place overnight

Helped by cooling temperatures, the still active fire that ravaged Talent and Phoenix this week largely kept its footprint.

The Almeda fire is still 50 percent contained as of late Saturday morning, and saw only “minimal growth” overnight, according to a release from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office, but crews are bracing for warmer temperatures and light winds later today.

Crews’ focus Saturday will be on mitigating the myriad hazardous conditions in the fire zone, which include “fire debris, unstable structures, downed utility lines, as well as venting natural gas lines,” according to the fire officials.

As of Saturday, there are 107 personnel working the fire including 12 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders, and 2 rotors, according to the latest numbers from the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

The fire affected 42,412 people, threatened 16,163 homes, and damaged or destroyed at least 600 homes 100 businesses and commercial properties.

Two deaths have been reported in the fire and two firefighters have been injured since the fire started shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Mail Tribune / Jamie LuschFirefighters work to put out hot spots along Hwy 99 in Phoenix on Tuesday.