New range fire in central Oregon; firefighters stop dozens of tiny lightning-sparked wildfires


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LAKEVIEW, Oregon — Central Oregon firefighters have tackled a new 700-acre range fire burning in sagebrush and grass about two miles south of the small town of Antelope.

KTVZ-TV reports (http://is.gd/EbaSiZ ) that the town is not considered threatened.

Lisa Clark of the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville says the fire was reported Thursday afternoon. Two helicopters and an air tanker worked with crews on the ground in the effort to contain it.

Fire officials in central Oregon say more than 3,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in two days, sparking more than two dozen small wildfires that crews jumped on quickly.

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