Fires

Big wildfire near I-84 in eastern Oregon now 75 percent contained

Fire crews are gaining the upper hand on the Lime Hill Fire, which has blackened more than 12,000 acres just west of Huntington, Ore., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported Friday.

After two days of windy weather and fire growth, increases in staffing and equipment Thursday helped hold the line against the fire. A BLM news release estimated the fire at nearly 75 percent contained, with full containment expected at some point over the weekend.

The fire thwarted travel and interstate commerce Wednesday when it forced closure of Interstate 84 between Ontario and Pendleton for about nine hours, stranding many truckers and others. It also briefly threatened the community of Huntington.

As of Friday evening, fire officials said the priority is "mopping up" and checking for hot spots.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Vale BLM officials are investigating.

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