- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters in Eastern Oregon have contained the first big grass and sagebrush fire of the season.

The fire started Monday with spontaneous combustion in a haystack near Boardman. Firefighters thought they had it contained, but it flared up again Tuesday and eventually spread across an area of up to 60 square miles, about 40,000 acres.

Boardman rural fire Chief Marc Rogelstad says it was contained Tuesday night without injury or damage to structures.

The fire was mainly on land the U.S. Navy uses for a bombing range and on a Nature Conservancy preserve.

Nature Conservancy spokesman Mitch Maxson says the group manages or owns about 22,000 acres for species such as the Washington ground squirrel, listed as endangered in Oregon. He says there were no immediate reports of significant harm.



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