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VALE, Oregon -- Firefighters are making good progress on the 44,000-acre Owyhee Fire burning southeast of Vale.

Officials say the fire is now 50 percent contained, with full containment expected by this weekend.

The Malheur County Sheriff's Department says the road to Lake Owyhee, along with the public boat ramp are back open. However, Lake Owyhee State Park remains closed.

Bureau of Land Management officials say lightning started the fire Monday night.

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