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Weather could help battle fire.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Crews battling the Puzzle Fire were looking forward to a break in the weather today as they continue battling the 4,617-acre blaze, which is about five miles from Camp Sherman. Today's forecast calls for temperatures around 70 degrees, down from Monday's 90-degree reading.

The fire has spotted over the Cascade Crest, which could threaten Camp Sherman and structures in the Metolius River drainage, near the area burned by the B&B conflagration in 2003. Plans are to finish fire lines and to protect structures in the Marion Forks area as well as the fish hatchery. Crews will also attack the fire to minimize the acreage it could potentially burn. The fire is burning in difficult terrain in dead and downed wood due to heavy bug kill and is also in a high recreation use area.

Crews were having difficulty holding a line on the western perimeter of the fire because some aircraft assigned to the fire have been released to assist with other fires in Central Oregon, fire officials said.

The fire is part of the Cascade Complex, which has burned 19,551 acres with the Black Crater and Lake George fires. The Black Crater Fire is fully contained. The Lake George Fire is 97 percent contained, while the Puzzle Fire is 10 percent contained.

The Black Crater and Lake George fires continue to show smoke in the hot, dry weather.

Fire officials expected the Puzzle Fire to to continue moving about a half mile to the southeast and east.
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Title Annotation:Fires
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 29, 2006
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