Eastern Oregon wildfire now estimated at 50 square miles

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire spotted Sunday afternoon in Eastern Oregon has quickly become one of the state's largest active blazes.

Fire officials say the Cherry Road fire has scorched nearly 50 square miles of brush and grass near the Idaho state line. Officials say the fire's size was reduced from 80 square miles due to better mapping.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Larry Moore says the wildfire is burning two miles east of the Owyhee Reservoir and it's threatening Succor Creek State Park.

One hundred firefighters battled the fire Monday morning. Forecasters were expecting afternoon wind gusts of 25 mph.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Also in Eastern Oregon, firefighters have contained 35 percent of a large wildfire that started July 31 near Unity. The fire made a run toward the Table Rock Lookout late Sunday, spreading 300 yards in one minute. The lookout was spared — thanks to it being wrapped beforehand with aluminum sheets— but an old outhouse was destroyed.

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