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Fire Crews Work to Contain Bryant Fire

Bryant_Fire_06-19-14_Kellie_Carlsen_4BONANZA, Ore. — The Bryant Fire 20 miles east of Klamath Falls is continuing to grow as crews work on putting a containment line in place.

Fire officials said they are utilizing air tankers and ground crews to keep the fire from spreading.

An overnight infrared flight revealed the fire had grown another 450 acres Friday, which brings the total to an estimated 1,250 acres burned.

On Saturday, crews vigorously worked to put a containment line around the fire.

“Once we get the line all the way around, we can start with the mop up process, and that is when we start wetting down the perimeter and creating a wet barrier, and also if there are no unburnt fuels, we will make sure they are taken care of so that fire doesn’t rekindle or doesn’t spread outside those perimeter lines,” said Ashley Lertora, a public information officer with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Several local ODF fire crews from around the Rogue Valley are fighting the Bryant Fire.  A fire camp has been set up at Bonanza School. The fire is currently 5 percent contained.