Governor OKs aid to fight new W. Oregon wildfire threatening homes

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Two fires are forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in California. A separate fire has burned at least one and a half square miles in Oregon. (Sept. 15)

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GRANTS PASS, Oregon — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send resources to help fight a wildfire near Estacada that threatens dozens of homes.

The fire in the Mount Hood National Forest is one of two new wildfires that started over the weekend and are threatening scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are dry and the weather has been hot.

Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey says about 40 homes are under the most urgent evacuation advisory and residents of more than 120 other homes have been told to be ready to leave if necessary. Several campgrounds and RV parks have been evacuated.

The human-caused fire has burned across about 3 ½ square miles. Several miles of State Highway 224 have been temporarily closed. Smoke from the fire has spread across the northern Willamette Valley.

Some scattered homes along the Rogue River west of Grants Pass are threatened by a wildfire there.

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