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Containment rises on Slater, Devil fires

The Slater and Devil fires saw another small increase in containment Wednesday.

The fires, burning in southern Josephine County and Northern California, are now 45% and 20% contained, respectively, according to a news release. The Slater fire covers 154,145 acres, and the Devil fire was at 8,410 acres Wednesday.

The blazes, which started Sept. 8, have resulted in two deaths and three injuries, while 440 structures have been destroyed, including 197 houses. Nearly 1,100 personnel remain on the front lines.

“The fire line continues to hold well with minimal movement and growth observed,” according to a pres release. “Winds will continue to blow smoke into the area from large active fires to the south in California.”

The South Obenchain fire remained at 96% containment, according to a press release. It was at 32,671 acres Wednesday and had destroyed 33 houses and 56 other structures such as outbuildings. There were 392 personnel still assigned to the fire.

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