Crews make progress on Sunnyside Turnoff fire

Crews make progress on Sunnyside Turnoff fire
Fire burning in timber in the area northeast of Mutton Mountain on July 25, 2013. Photo by Roy Walker (courtesy inciweb).

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All roads closed by the Sunnyside Turnoff fire in Central Oregon are now open and an evacuation alert has been lifted.

Fire managers say the wildfire that has burned across more than 76 square miles is now 60 percent contained and full containment is expected in a few days. The fire is located on lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, east of Highway 26.

Nearly 1,000 people were assigned to battle Oregon's largest wildfire. Some, however, are being released to fight new blazes in Oregon and Washington.

Lightning started a handful of small wildfires in southeast Oregon, and officials worry there could be additional flare-ups this weekend.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Tara Martinak says Harney County got 170 lightning strikes late Friday afternoon. The largest wildfire sparked by the lightning was the 125-acre Standcliff Creek fire, and crews made quick progress on it.

Elsewhere, the Labrador fire on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has grown to about 300 acres and remains active. The fire is located west of the Illinois River, burning close to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Meanwhile, the Douglas Complex of fires scorched about 2,000 acres in southern Douglas County.