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Dry Conditions Spur Oregon Wildfires

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NEAR SALEM, Ore. — In addition to the Alder Creek Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry says unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon.

In the Astoria District between Arch Capes and Manzanita, the Oregon Department of Forestry is responding to the 50-acre Falcon Fire and nearby the 30-acre Shingle Mill Fire. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place to prevent conflict with ODF aircraft fighting the fires.

In the North Cascade District, five fires are burning. ODF says the 1, 2 3 Complex consists of three fires, the largest of which is approximately 200 acres, a second fire about 10 acres in size and a third less than one acre. The two larger blazes are not contained. The cause is under investigation. Two new fires have been reported in the district, near the town of Gates. No additional information is available at this time.

The 125-acre Alder Creek Fire is burning 16 miles north of Shady Cove. ODF, the U.S. Forest Service and private forest landowners are fighting that blaze.

In the Coos Bay area, three wildfires are burning. Two fires totaling about 300 acres are on the site of the Bone Creek Complex, which burned in early January. A third fire, the Weaver Ridge Fire, is about 20 acres.