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Cool weather all week has firefighters hopeful of major progress against SW Oregon wildfire


CANYONVILLE, Oregon — Fire bosses say another four or five days of moderate weather will make a big difference in containing a wildfire in southwestern Oregon's Cascade foothills.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says the Stouts fire 16 miles east of Canyonville continued to grow overnight primarily due to burnout operations to strengthen fire lines.

On Tuesday, the fire perimeter encompassed 27 square miles of private and federal forestland. The blaze was only 10 percent contained since starting last week near the community of Milo in Douglas County.

Smoke has moderated as winds shifted, but remained unhealthy in Shady Cove, Medford and Klamath Falls.

Weather forecasts call for higher humidity and temperatures in the low 80s all week.

More than 300 homes remain threatened, but no evacuations were in effect.

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