Oregon wildfires wind down, but lightning coming

Six of 11 large wildfires now range from 80% contained to fully contained

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)
In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Most of the large wildfires burning east of the Cascade Range in Oregon for the past two weeks are at or near containment, but a new round of intense lightning storms is forecast this week.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland reported Monday that six of 11 large wildfires now range from 80% contained to fully contained.

The Buzzard Complex is the largest wildfire in the nation and is 98% contained after burning 618 square miles of rangeland about 45 miles southeast of Burns.

Isolated lightning is forecast Monday and Tuesday in southern Oregon, particularly east of the Cascades. Lightning storms are expected to become more intense Wednesday through Sunday from central Oregon to the Idaho border, with moderate to heavy potential for starting large fires.

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