By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and scattered showers helped firefighters hold the line on the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains straddling the Oregon-California border.

A lighting strike started a small fire just north of the northern fire perimeter near Highway 66, but crews are on it, Fire spokeswoman Linda Brevard said Tuesday.

Overall, scattered showers and cooler temperatures that came with the lighting overnight have slowed the spread of the fire, which remained at 57 square miles for the second day in a row. Most of that is in Oregon in Jackson and Klamath counties. It is 30 percent contained. Evacuation advisories were lifted for homes near the fire in Jackson and Klamath County. Traffic resumed on U.S. Highway 97, which had been blocked because of smoke at the Oregon-California border.

Oregon Gulch is the biggest of nine large fires burning across 127 square miles of drought-parched forest and range in Oregon.

More lightning is expected this weekend.

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