Rain helps crews wrap up wildfire in Southern Oregon

Rain helps crews wrap up wildfire in Southern Oregon
Prior to rain June 25, firefighters faced bone-dry dry conditions. Photo taken June 23 by Chris Friend, Oregon Department of Forestry

BONANZA, Ore. - Rain helped firefighters put some of the finishing touches on the 1,361 acre Bryant Fire this week.

The fire was 95 percent contained as of Thursday morning, with full containment expected by Friday.

No one has been injured fighting the fire about two dozen miles from Klamath Falls.

The estimated cost of fighting the fire since it was first discovered a week ago is $4.1 million.

The firefighting force was down to 216 people as of Thursday.

"Equipment and personnel continue to be released from the fire as efforts begin focusing on rehabilitation of fire lines," fire bosses said Thursday in a briefing. "Most of the fire damaged trees that pose a threat to firefighters have been felled. Hand crews have begun constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and continued spreading out the berms created by the dozers."

A state fire management team will transition command of firefighting operations back to local land managers at noon Thursday. In wildland firefighting, teams of managers with specialized expertise are often brought in from out of the area or even out of state to take command of large fires.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.