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Black Butte Fire close to 8,000 acres, two Juntura-area fires at 40% containment

A firefighter works to put out a July 7 fire that occurred outside Ironside. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

The Black Butte Fire, located in the southeast corner of Malheur National Forest just west of the Malheur County border, grew to almost 8,000 acres as of Friday, Aug. 6. Officials say the fire, which is around 60 miles from Vale, may cause increased smoke in the area.

A U.S. Forest Service press release on Friday morning said the fire “was pushed yesterday, due to extremely high winds the fire pushed southeast moving onto Bureau of Land Management and some private lands.” 

The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 3 and as of Friday morning was 7,645 acres. Officials planned to do infrared mapping Friday evening to get a more accurate size of the fire.  . . .