Ore. fires prompt evacuations; 2 percent contained

2:35 PM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Residents of 75 houses in southwest Oregon have been advised to leave as firefighters try to get a handle on a crop of wildfires touched off by lightning.

Fire spokesman Cheyne Rossbach says flames from the Douglas Complex fires are within a mile of some houses. More than 40 homes are on evacuation alert.

Lightning late last week touched off dozens of fires in southern Douglas County. Most of the small ones were contained, and some merged into larger fires.

The fires have burned 13,400 acres, or nearly 21 square miles. That number is expected to be revised Monday afternoon as aerial mapping tracks the spreading fires.

The fires are only 2 percent contained.

STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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