- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) - A wildfire scorching a remote part of southwestern Oregon has grown to 5,000 acres, but containment improved to almost 50 percent.

Incident commander Doug Johnson says crews along the southwest edge of the fire will spend Tuesday completing interior burnout operations. Helicopters will support the effort with bucket drops.

Johnson says fire lines will be tested in the coming days by a heatwave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to the region.

The lightning-sparked blaze started June 11. It’s burning 10 miles from Cave Junction on the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest.

Almost 500 people are working on the fire.



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