GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Six new range fires are burning in eastern Oregon, ignited by lightning storms that moved across the region.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland says the fires touched off by the last string of thunderstorms a week and a half ago are closer to containment, and some firefighters are being demobilized to fight blazes in Washington state.
Spokeswoman Carol Connolly says others are being assigned to the new fires on the Vale District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
A total of 17 large fires are now burning across 933 square miles of forests and range in central and eastern Oregon.
The six new fires range from one-and-a-half square miles to 14 square miles. Nine structures are threatened, but no evacuation alerts have been issued.