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In eastern Oregon on Tuesday, fire engines, hand crews and materials continued to pour in from across the region, as fire managers worked to contain a number of blazes sparked by recent lightning storms.

The largest of those fires is the Long Draw fire. As of early Tuesday, it had burned 45,000 acres of public land in Oregon's Southeast corner, according to The Associated Press.

Mark Wilkening, the public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management's Vale district office, says fire managers might have dodged a bullet Monday when lightning storms apparently started no new fires. But that might be the only help in the short term that fire crews can expect from Mother Nature.

"The temperatures continue to be in the 100s here, and that's predicted for the entire week," Wilkening says.

Smaller fires continue to burn across eastern Oregon. Outside of Prineville, a van carrying 10 contract firefighters collided Tuesday morning with a semi-truck as the crew made its way to a fire outside John Day. According to the Oregon State Police, one of those firefighters remains in critical condition at a Bend Hospital. The other nine were treated for minor injuries.

More information:

Bureau of Land Management Oregon/Washington Fire Information

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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