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Wildfire in southwest Oregon grows, fanned by high winds and terrain


CAVE JUNCTION, Oregon — Fire officials say a wildfire in southwest Oregon had grown by Sunday, fanned by high winds and terrain.

The so-called Buckskin fire was estimated at nearly 2 square miles, or about 1,200 acres on Sunday morning. It's blazing in an area that burned during 13 years ago in a major fire known as the Biscuit Fire.

Fire spokeswoman Elizabeth Shetard says helicopter crews are dropping water on several spot fires south and southwest of the main body of fire. She says crews also are closely watching the direction of the fire since forecasts calls for winds to shift north.

The fire is in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest about 10 miles south of the town Cave Junction, population about 1,900. No structures were reported in jeopardy.

Shetard says fire officials are working to close an area around the fire for public safety but don't anticipate closing U.S. 199 southeast of the fire.

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