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Rowena Fire Threatens Homes

cnn rowena(CNN) — In Oregon, firefighters told residents of 70 homes in the Columbia Gorge Community of Rowena to evacuate on Wednesday. Another 100 homes in the area were on notice to be ready to go.

The Rowena Fire began in brush Tuesday night and spread about 200 acres of timber and scrub oak in weather conditions that had fire officials worried.

Firefighters feared the Rowena Fire would spread as the Gorge’s famed winds kicked up to as much as 40 miles an hour Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of houses burning in Rowena, an unincorporated town of fewer than 200 people about 75 miles East of Portland.

It’s also about six miles West of the Dalles, a city of about $14,000 people on the Columbia River.