Oregon Wildfire Nearly Triples in Size; Threatens Structures

The South Valley Fire south of The Dalles covered more than 3,500 acres by Wednesday night, prompting the Governor to declare it a 'conflagration.'

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 10:36 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new blaze in north-central Oregon nearly tripled in size overnight.

The fire near the town of Dufur, about two hours southeast of Portland, spread to more than 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) early Thursday.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office says dozens of structures are threatened — some have burned — and at least 400 people have been told to evacuate.

The fire, caused by humans rather than lightning, began Wednesday afternoon. By nightfall, Gov. Kate Brown declared it a conflagration, which authorizes the fire marshal to mobilize state-wide resources.

It's the third major wildfire in the area this summer. One scorched 125 square miles (323 square kilometers) and killed a man.

After an unusually warm July, firefighters caught a break with cooler temperatures Thursday.

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