Firefighters battle 500-acre fire in C. Oregon

Firefighters battle 500-acre fire in C. Oregon

Firefighters battle 500-acre fire in C. Oregon

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by KGW Staff and Associated Press

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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 5:37 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The largest wildfire currently burning in Oregon was just 25 percent contained Tuesday evening.

The Box Springs Fire was burning 500 acres of private timberland about 25 miles northeast of Prineville. It was started Sunday by lightning and was burning in juniper, pine and sage terrain.

The fire was fully lined but just 25 percent contained, said a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry. The department's fire team took over management of the fire Tuesday morning.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says the forecast for storms and breezy weather Tuesday night and Wednesday raises the risk of more fires starting.

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