Firefighters usually dread winds, but crews trying to save rural dwellings in Oregon got a break when a spreading fire ran into breezes that pushed it the other way.

The wildfire near the ranching town Sprague River has claimed six houses in the southern portion of the state.

Fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp said Tuesday the flames began moving Monday, burning a swath half the length of a football field in an area where containment lines hadn't been dug.

Hupp says the winds gained the upper hand, though, and pushed the fire back on itself.

She says the flames were moving away from the Moccasin Hill subdivision where it broke out Sunday.

Hupp says progress has been made and many evacuated residents have gone home.