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South Valley Fire Containment At 90 Percent

The containment level for the South Valley Fire has moved up to 90 percent, as the final night shift crew wrapped up its work.  Crews continue to focus on mop-up and patrolling the fire perimeter and unburned islands.  That work continues to be tested by high temperatures and gusty winds.  The Oregon Department of Forestry indicates sufficient resources will remain assigned to the fire to patrol and handle any problems that may arise.  Other resources will begin to demobilize.  Due to high temperatures, Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is keeping the evacuation advisory for the South Valley Fire areas at Level 1 through the weekend.  Cost of fighting the 20,026 acre fire is now at $5.23 million.