Showers tamp down Oregon wildfires

Portland, OR - Weekend showers in southwestern Oregon have tamped down wildfires.

Rainfall Sunday amounted to about a third of an inch in Medford, and slightly more than that in Ashland.

Fire officials told the Medford Mail Tribune  the rains provided at least a short-term improvement in air quality, too.

Fire crews say the Douglas Complex of fires north of Grants Pass is now nearly 90 percent contained. It's burned through more than 76 square miles -- about 48,000 acres.

A Hotshot crew floated down the Rogue River over the weekend to help establish a stronger line on the Big Windy complex, 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass. It's considered 35 percent contained and has burned through about 37 square miles, about half the size of the Douglas Complex.