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Southwest Oregon wildfire grows to nearly 17 square miles

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CANYONVILLE, Oregon — A wildfire growing rapidly in southwest Oregon has spread to nearly 17 square miles.

The Oregon Department of Forestry reports the fire burning in forestlands about 16 miles east of Canyonville in Douglas County has forced the evacuation of at least three dozen homes.

The Stouts Creek Fire started on Thursday in the unincorporated community of Milo, which is east of Canyonville. Its cause is under investigation.

High temperatures and extremely dry conditions have helped the fire grow rapidly. The weather forecast called for a chance of rain Sunday, which could help firefighters.

More than 1000 people are fighting the fire, which was about 3 percent contained on Sunday morning.

Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so resources from around the state can be used to protect homes.

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