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Cooling, humidity help firefighters in Sisters area.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Despite high winds, firefighters were helped by cooler temperatures and higher humidity Tuesday as they battled the Puzzle and Lake George fires west of Sisters.

Crews completed a contingency fire line to the west of the Puzzle Fire on Tuesday while other crews made progress building lines on the west side of the 4,617-acre fire. The fire has continued to burn to the southeast toward Cinder Peak and the area burned in 2003 by the B&B Complex.

The Puzzle Fire is to the east of Marion Forks and north of Santiam Junction.

Meanwhile, on the Lake George Fire, excavators were completing work on berm piles on the 5,534-acre fire's east perimeter. Bulldozers and crews made progress on other fire lines.

The area closed because of the Lake George Fire changed Tuesday, moving the eastern boundary to Forest Road 1028. The closure around Meadow and Link lakes was lifted in time for Labor Day weekend.

Mop-up of some hot spots on the 9,400-acre Black Crater fire was completed Tuesday. The area closed because of the Black Crater Fire is also expected to change sometime soon, fire officials said.

For the second day, crews had limited support from airplanes in battling the Cascade Crest Complex fires as new fires in Central Oregon were deemed a higher priority.
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Title Annotation:Fires
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 30, 2006
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