By Associated Press • 

Favorable weather slows Oregon wildfires


PORTLAND — Better weather helped firefighters battling wildfires in Eastern Oregon.

Though the fires are far from contained, higher humidity and lighter winds slowed the spread of the flames Sunday.

A lightning-sparked fire near John Day has grown to nearly 60 square miles and has destroyed at least 26 homes. Roughly 300 firefighters were assigned to the blaze over the weekend and more are expected.

South of Baker City, the improved weather helped firefighters make progress on the state's largest wildfire. The Cornet-Windy Ridge fire has charred almost 140 square miles and destroyed six homes.

Meanwhile, hundreds of evacuated residents on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation were allowed to return home Sunday as danger eased from the County Line 2 Fire. Containment of the 85-square mile blaze increased to 25 percent.

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