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Northwest wildfires: Crews still battling 8 large, uncontained blazes

Lynne Terry | By Lynne Terry |
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on August 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM, updated August 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM
The wildfire season appears to be winding down, with crews containing four large blazes in Washington state in the past 24 hours.

The Little Bridge Creek fire west of Winthrop and the Upper Falls fire north of Winthrop are both now 100 percent contained. So is the Carlton Complex south of Twisp, which has been burning over a month and has torched more than 256,100 acres. The other blaze that's now 100 percent lined is the the Auvil Canyon fire northwest of Waterville, which has scorched more than 600 acres.

In Oregon, the Deception/Stanley complex remains the top priority. Sparked by lightning, the five fires in the complex have charred nearly 470 acres and are 53 percent contained. The fires are burning on steep, rugged terrain, threatening recreational areas and a municipal watershed but no homes.

Elsewhere in Oregon:

The Bald Sisters Fire has burned more than 1,100 acres in Grant County east of Prairie City and remains zero percent contained.

The South Fork complex south of John Day covers more than 66,100 acres but is 96 percent contained.

The 790 fire northeast of Medford has charred more than 1,300 acres and is 5 percent contained.

The Sommers Fire northeast of Enterprise grew has scorched more than 36,100 acres and is 75 percent contained.

In Washington:

The Devil's Elbow complex northeast of Nespelem has torched more than 26,400 acres and remains 95 percent contained.

The Snag Canyon fire has burned nearly 12,600 acres and is 92 percent contained.

The South Cle Elum Ridge fire southwest of Cle Elum has torched nearly 900 acres and is 97 percent contained.

-- Lynne Terry