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Oregon Gulch Fire grows to nearly 51 square miles

Oregon Gulch Fire grows to nearly 51 square miles
The Oregon Gulch fire, burns in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument east of Ashland, Ore., on Friday. (AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch)
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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials say a wildifre threatening about 270 structures on the Oregon-California border has grown to nearly 51 square miles.

But fire spokeswoman Jen Warren says firefighters are making good progress and have the Oregon Gulch Fire 10 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

The fire that started by lightning on Thursday has burned three homes, five outbuildings and multiple vehicles. Several neighborhoods southwest of Ashland were still evacuated on Sunday.

More than 1000 people are fighting a complex of fires including the Oregon Gulch blaze. More wind and hot weather was expected by Sunday afternoon, but weather was calm overnight.

Warren says a new, more accurate infrared measurement of the fire was completed early Sunday morning, establishing the size of nearly 51 square miles burned.

Lightning started a bunch of new fires in Oregon Saturday. Warren says a quick attack got those fires under control quickly.

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