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Hand crews and heavy equipment are pouring into a remote part of southeast Oregon to battle a fire managers say has already scorched more than 30,000 acres of public land.

072711_sagegrouse_small.jpgMale sage-grouse conducting his breeding display on a lek in Baker County, OR. Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Long Draw fire, as it's being called, started over the weekend after lightning storms moved through the area.

Mark Wilkening is the public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management's Vale district office. He said the fire isn't threatening any homes, but is posing a threat to wildlife.

"You know, we have Sage Grouse habitat out there and it's the habitat itself that's the biggest worry for us right now," he said.

Crews remain on high alert for fires that might have been sparked by the lightning.

The National Weather Service issued a series of red flag warnings Monday for an area stretching from the eastern and central slopes of the Cascades all the way to Montana. The warnings also cover much of central and eastern Washington.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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