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Fire Lines Holding on Gulch Fire

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GREENSPRINGS, Ore. – Fire crews have continued to make great progress against the Oregon Gulch Fire, and said fire lines have held up against erratic winds.

The fire has burned 35,093 acres, and is 50 percent contained. Fire crews said unstable weather in the area overnight Thursday raised concerns about the fire expanding. But the fire lines held, and now crews are working on contingency lines.

“Yesterday was a test of the fire lines,” said Public Information Officer Don Hickman. “We had some hot, dry weather with erratic winds, and [officials] were pretty impressed that the fire lines held last night.”

Lightning is expected in the area early next week, and crews hope to continue mop up work to be ready to respond to additional fires. As conditions calm down on the Oregon Gulch Fire, resources will slowly be released to help battle other fires across the northwest.