Nation’s largest wildfire nears containment in Oregon

618 square mile Buzzard Complex fire in eastern Oregon 95% contained

Rancher Bill Wilber uses binoculars to seach the blackened ground Tuesday, July 22, 2014, looking for stranded or injured cattle, after The Buzzard complex of wildfires scattered the family herd, in Drewsey, Ore. In the days before, family members found seven cows and 13 calves that had succumbed to smoke or flames. They had to euthanize two other injured cows. On Tuesday, The Wilbers found 10 more dead cattle and a handful of calves with burned hooves. (AP)
Rancher Bill Wilber uses binoculars to seach the blackened ground Tuesday, July 22, 2014, looking for stranded or injured cattle, after The Buzzard complex of wildfires scattered the family herd, in Drewsey, Ore. In the days before, family members found seven cows and 13 calves that had succumbed to smoke or flames. They had to euthanize two other injured cows. On Tuesday, The Wilbers found 10 more dead cattle and a handful of calves with burned hooves. (AP)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The nation’s largest wildfire — the Buzzard Complex in eastern Oregon — is nearing containment.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center reports Friday the fires are 95 percent contained at 618 square miles of rangeland 45 miles northeast of Burns. Full containment is expected next week.

Meanwhile, six major fires started by lighting two weeks ago in central Oregon will be turned over to local crews on Monday as they near containment.

Three of the five range fires ignited by lightning this week on the Vale District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are still uncontained.

Crews are mopping up a range fire that started from lightning in Nevada and spilled over into Oregon on BLM’s Lakeview District.

More lighting is predicted for next week east of the Cascades.

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