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Showers Dampen Some Wildfires

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Rain moving across the Pacific Northwest is helping firefighters battling wildfires in Eastern Oregon.

Showers overnight have blunted a grass fire threatening John Day. Firefighters say the rain dampened the grass and slowed the flames enough for authorities to lift the be-ready-to-leave notices given to neighborhoods at the edge of town. About 1,700 people live in John Day.

 The fire is on ranch land north of town. Lightning is suspected as the cause. The wind shifted Thursday night and drove the flames south toward city limits. The fire area grew from 2,000 acres to about 11,500 acres, or about 18 square miles