Wildfire burns in Oregon’s Malheur Country

The fire is 20,500 acres

The Owyhee Canyon Fire (www.inciweb.nwcg.gov)

JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. (AP) – Wildfire season has started for Oregon’s Malheur County.

The Argus Observer reports that a wildfire started in Owyhee Canyon on Sunday night and has grown to about 32 square miles.

Vale District public information officer Larry Moore says the Owyhee Canyon Fire is southeast of Burns Junction and likely started from a lightning strike.

By Tuesday morning, there were 25 combined engines from the Bureau of Land Management and contracted firefighting services, two bulldozers, four water tenders, four Snake River Valley crews and one hotshot crew fighting the blaze.

An air attack was called in Monday and expected to continue Tuesday.

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