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Red flag’ warning still in effect from National Weather Service as fires burn in Malheur County

An aerial photo of the Coyote Creek fire burning south of Jordan Valley. (Photo courtesy of the BLM)

VALE - Five fires are burning across Malheur County after thunderstorms rolled through the region, according to a report released Friday morning by the Vale BLM. Three of those fires are contained and two are listed as smoldering and half contained.

The Coyote Creek fire is 598 acres 18 miles south of Jordan Valley and is half contained. The fire was started by lightning on Thursday and is smoldering on grazing lands as well as state-owned land.

There are 11 fire engines, two dozers, and two water tenders fighting that blaze from the Jordan Valley Rural Fire Protection Association as well as the Boise BLM.

The Iron fire, also listed as smoldering, is 87 acres and is 10 miles northwest of . . .