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The Latest: Fire is power near Oregon





PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ̵

1; The Latest About Fires in the Pacific Northwest (All Times Local):

7:25 pm

A windswept bushfire that began Tuesday in a rural agricultural area east of Portland, Oregon, now burned 70 square miles (181 kilometers) and prompted additional evacuations.

Substation spokesman Stefan Myers said Wednesday night that strong winds would continue to fuel the fire, leading to further evacuations in the East.

The fire is burning along the Columbia River Gorge about 137 kilometers east of Portland.

Myers says firefighters have been focused on protecting homes and lives and that additional fire crews have been routed to the area.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 97 late Wednesday afternoon from Biggs Junction to the Highway 197 interchange for fire.

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4:45 pm

A person was found dead near a tractor in a field that was consumed by a wildfire in Oregon. [6390005] Wasco County sheriff's office said Wednesday that the body was fou and a short distance from the burnt tractor.

The identity of the person was not published.

It is believed that the person has tried to use the tractor to create a fire line to stop the fire.

The fire is burned 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) in a rural area along the Columbia River Gorge about 137 miles east of Portland

The fire in rural agriculture has forced dozens of households to evacuate and demolish a home.

It is expected that the Pacific Northwest blizzard will be worse than normal with drought conditions in many areas.

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15:20

A rapidly spreading fire in Oregon has taken power from some people

The grass fire east of Portland took a 115 kilovolt power line southeast of the city of The Dalles, that of the Bonneville Power Administration belongs.

BPA spokesman Kevin Wingert says crews have most restored service Wedn

The power transmitted by the wire is sold by BPA to various utilities in the immediate area, and it was not immediately obvious how many customers were affected.

The fire in rural agriculture has forced dozens of people to evacuate households and destroy a house.

It is not good for a fire season in the Pacific Northwest, which is expected to be worse than normal, with drought in many areas.

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14:15 [19659005] Two houses near Ruch, Oregon, are evacuated when a wildfire spread by lightning strikes breaks out.

Thirty-three other homeowners were told to go Wednesday because of the growing fire near the California border.

Fire burns in Jackson County, approximately 270 miles (434 kilometers) south of Portland, on a mix of private land and forest in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

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8:30 am

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has called the Emergency Firebreaks Act i Reaction to a wildfire burning in the north of the country

The action, which was announced early Wednesday, allows the Oregon Fire Marshal mobilizing resources from across the state to protect homes.

The fire burned in two counties east of The Dalles extended overnight to more than 117 square kilometers (117 square kilometers).

A house is burned along with some other structures.

About 75 households were asked to evacuate.

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7:25

Authorities say a small fire causing evacuation notes for 700 homes near Spokane Valley began in a building and then spread to grass and trees.

KREM-TV reports that the so-called Uppire Beacon Fire died down a little overnight, and all the most urgent evacuation messages had been downgraded by Wednesday morning.

The State Department of Natural Resources has helped fight the fire with drops of water from a tanker plane, and has more state firefighters. After John Paul Batist, head of the Washington patrol, had approved their mobilization on Tuesday night,

burned Fire about a third of a square mile (0.8 square kilometers) and damaged some electrical wiring.


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