End of triple-digit heat helps firefighters in southwest Oregon

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CANYONVILLE, Oregon — Cool and cloudy weather is helping firefighters make progress on two wildfires in the foothills of the Cascades of southwestern Oregon. Smoke continues to choke communities to the south in the Rogue Valley.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Monday the Stouts fire is 5 percent contained after burning through 24 square miles of private and federal timber 16 miles east of Canyonville. It started Thursday and the cause remains under investigation. No homes have burned, but more than 300 remain threatened. Crews are clearing brush and trees around them.

Meanwhile the nearby Cable Crossing fire is 20 percent contained after burning through 2 ½ square miles of timber and grass 6 miles east of Glide.

Smoke levels are unhealthy in Medford and Grants Pass, and hazardous in Shady Cove.

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