Governor Tours Gulch Fire Site


By Paul Johnson

Greensprings, Oregon (CNN) - The hard work of firefighters now has the Oregon Gulch Fire completely lined, and Wednesday, the Governor wanted to show his appreciation.
There are more than a thousand firefighters from Oregon and California stationed at Howard Prairie lake battling the Oregon Gulch fire.
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber said their ability to work together has helped turn a corner on the fire.
It's 35 percent contained, but it has slowed to a crawl in the past few days. And fire lines have been put in place around the entire fire.
Kitzhaber said people should be proud of the work being done by those firefighters. But he said large wildfires have become too common in Oregon over the past few years, and he asked for federal support to get funding and resources for forest management.
The mood was upbeat at the governor's appearance Wednesday. Incident commanders said morale is improving on the fire lines as crews have strengthened lines and slowed down the fire's growth.

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