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