By Lynne Terry
Firefighters in the Northwest have made progress, with no new starts in the past 24 hours. But warmer, drier weather is sweeping the region, with thunderstorms and lightning in the forecast starting Sunday.
Firefighters are up against 17 wildfires or sets of blazes in the Northwest, 13 in Oregon covering nearly 620,000 acres and four in Washington that have charred about 290,000 acres. Nearly 10,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the region.
The priority in Oregon remains the Ochoco complex, a set of four wildfires east of Post that have scorched more than 10,000 acres. Firefighters have continued to make progress, with these blazes now 59 percent contained.
The Logging Unit fires northwest of Warm Springs are another focus in the state, Connolly said. Running through timbered country, these blazes have charred nearly 10,500 acres and are 30 percent contained.
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