BURNS, Ore. - Fire crews are coming in from out of state to help battle fires that have stretched resources thin in Oregon and threatened ranchers livelihoods.
Fifteen large fires were reported around the state, burning across hundreds of square miles of timber, range land and grass. Dozens of homes were evacuated.
Spokeswoman Carol Connolly at the federal fire center in Portland says the region is now the top firefighting priority in the nation.
In Burns, rancher Bill Wilber has already found seven dead cows and 13 dead calves from the state's largest fire, the 369,000 acre Buzzard Complex Fire.