New Oregon wildfire west of Portland burns more than 300 acres; homes evacuated

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Smoke from a fire north of Hagg Lake can be seen in downtown Forest Grove, Ore., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Samantha Swindler)


Smoke from the Scoggins Creek fire north of Hagg Lake clouds the sun from downtown Forest Grove, Ore., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Samantha Swindler)


FOREST GROVE, Oregon — Fire officials say a new wildfire in a forested area west of Portland has burned across more than 300 acres, prompting urgent evacuation notices to more than 30 homes.

At least 70 firefighters responded after the fire started Friday afternoon, sending up massive smoke plumes. No injuries have been reported.

A Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesman says two helicopters and an air tanker dropped water on the fire.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/tW0Vet ) that Forest Grove Fire spokesman Dave Nemeyer says crews planned to fight the fire through the night and attack it again Saturday.

State fire crews took over management of the blaze late Friday night.

State Forestry Department spokesman Jen Warren says the fire is burning in replanted forest land. The cause is under investigation.

A nearby lake is being used to supply water for the fire fight.

The blaze is burning about 25 miles west of Portland.

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