The Box Springs Fire, which started Saturday in Jefferson County, and grew to nearly 500 acres last night, has been 50 percent contained and has shown no signs of growth, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The forecasted lightning in the area did not materialize last night, making containment efforts easier. Smoke in the area has subsided. Department of Forestry, private contractors and local U.S. Forest Service are working on mopping up the fire.
The Department of Forestry expects forest fighting vehicles to be traveling the area for the next two to three days. It urges citizens to stay away from the area, largely Forest Service Road No. 27, due to heavy fire fighting traffic.