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Rain, retardant slow SE Oregon wildfire
PORTLAND — The federal Bureau of Land Management says rain showers and retardant drops have virtually brought a Southeastern Oregon wildfire to a stop — and it's smaller than previously estimated.
Spokeswoman Tara Martinak said Friday afternoon that despite some interior hot spots and an occasional flare-up, officials expect the fire to remain quiet into Saturday. Lightning touched off the Denio Basin fire in grass and brush south of Steens Mountain, just north of the Nevada border.
The BLM says a closer look at the burn perimeter shows the fire has burned across about 1,800 acres, or less than 3 square miles. The initial estimate was about 3,000 acres, or nearly 5 square miles.
The agency said the fire was threatening sage grouse habitat, but no ranches. Human presence in the area is sparse.