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METRO

Rescuers retrieve man's body from river

The body of a man believed to be in the forties was recovered Sunday from the Willamette River near Owosso Bike Bridge, Eugene police said.

A passerby spotted the body shortly after 10 a.m. in the river between the bridge and Belt Line Road.

The man's identity is unknown at this time, police said.

There is no indication how the man died or how he ended up in the river, police said. He appeared to have been dead for at least 24 hours, investigators said. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

The Lane County Search and Rescue Team and members of the Eugene Fire Department assisted in the recovery of the body.

REGION

Oregon firefighters gain on three wildfires

Crews continued to tackle three fires in the Oregon Cascades on Sunday.

The Puzzle Fire, about 35 miles northwest of Bend in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest, stood at about 2,000 acres Sunday afternoon, officials reported.

Fire managers are developing suppression strategies, and heavy helicopters, a hotshot crew and four hand crews are working on the fire.

Bulldozers are reopening lines from a previous fire outside the wilderness area.

Meanwhile, the Lake George Fire, in the Mount Washington Wilderness, about 12 miles west of Bend, is at 5,253 acres and 45 percent contained. Highway 242 remains closed.

Finally, the Black Crater Fire, four miles west of Bend, is completely contained at 9, 400 acres, and mop-up and patrol work are continuing.

NORTHWEST

Washington fire crews brace for more lightning

WINTHROP, Wash. - Fire crews held the line Sunday against the state's major fires, bracing for lightning forecast late Monday along the crest of the Cascades and into northcentral Washington.

Meanwhile, a new fire - estimated at 100 acres - was reported on Mount Rainier, just outside the park along the Carbon River on private timberland.

The fire apparently began Saturday, said spokeswoman Patty Hensen of the Department of Natural Resources.

About 60 people were on the fire late Sunday, and a fire-management team was taking it over from DNR early Monday, fire spokesman Dale Warriner said. ``It's very steep terrain. Heavy timber - very difficult,'' he said. No injuries had been reported and the fire posed no immediate threat to homes or structures.

The state's largest fire, the Tripod Complex between the northcentral towns of Winthrop and Conconully, was reported at 107,226 acres Sunday - almost 4,000 acres less than was reported Saturday. Initially there were two fires - the Tripod and Spur Peak fires - but they merged Friday into one blaze.

Fire crews worked to burn fuel in front of the fire, and to cut trail where possible. In addition to the tinder-dry weather, crews are struggling with thousands of dead trees left by previous insect infestations.

More than 2,500 firefighters, including 550 soldiers from Fort Lewis, were assigned to the fires Saturday, working with 108 engines, 37 dozers and 13 helicopters.

The fire was 30 percent contained Sunday, Thomas said.

The fire poses a potential threat to about 845 structures - 300 houses, 120 commercial structures and hundreds of outbuildings in and around the towns of Winthrop and Conconully.

Area residents have been told to be alert and prepared.
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