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Fire crews battle two major blazes in Oregon

first_imgBROOKINGS, Ore. — Firefighters braced Friday for hot, windy weather over the weekend that could worsen a wildfire near the coast at the same time they worked to expand containment on a separate blaze near the tourist town of Sisters.Authorities issued the lowest-level evacuation warning late Thursday for residents of the 6,500-person town of Brookings in case winds pushed the flames closer to homes.The fire burning in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest was about 5 miles from the coastal town near the California border. It has charred 159 square miles.There is no containment of the fire, although crews have made progress digging out fire lines to stop its spread.The fire started July 12 from a lightning strike and expanded rapidly last week amid hot and windy conditions similar to the ones expected Friday and today.About 1,200 firefighters are on scene, said Terry Krasko, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.The fire in southwest Oregon is currently listed as the No. 1 priority in the nation and is burning in the footprint of a notorious 2002 fire that blackened 800 square miles.last_img read more

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