Fire risk eases

By Jayson Jacoby July 25, 2014 01:40 pm

By Jayson Jacoby

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Russ Nantz was feeling a lot better this morning about the fire that threatened his Baker County home as well as valuable grazing land and herds of cattle.

Nantz, foreman for the Three Valleys Ranch, one of the county’s biggest cattle outfits, said at 7:30 a.m. that crews fighting the Rye Valley fire near Huntington “had pretty well got it knocked down last night.”

The blaze, sparked by lightning Tuesday night, burned almost 1,400 acres, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, which took over management of the fire from the BLM on Thursday.

“It’s looking a lot better this morning,” Nantz said.

Although he said he hasn’t inspected the entire section of ranch he oversees — about 30,000 acres, including BLM grazing allotments — Nantz said the fire didn’t burn any buildings or kill any cattle.

See more in Friday's issue of the Baker City Herald.