More homes evacuated in wildfire near Portland; governor declares emergency



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PORTLAND, Oregon — Residents of more homes have been told to evacuate because of a wildfire burning in a rural area west of Portland, officials said.

The Scoggins Creek wildfire 2 miles northwest of Henry Hagg Lake started Friday afternoon. No injuries have been reported.

Residents from about three dozen homes had been urged to leave but that figure increased to 60 residences Saturday night.

Fire officials say residents of about 45 more homes have been told to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

The fire had been reported at 400 acres, but a news release Saturday night put the size at 300 acres without providing details.

On Saturday, helicopters dropped water from Hagg Lake on the fire while ground crews worked to establish containment lines.

Fire officials said low humidity, northeasterly winds and hilly terrain have made it difficult to contain the blaze.

Gov. John Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so the Oregon fire marshal can mobilize resources from around the state to protect homes. About 200 firefighters, half a dozen bulldozers, eight helicopters and a support team were on the scene Saturday. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

"We are reminded that fire season is still not over, and the danger to life and property persists anywhere a spark and dry fuel exists, no matter what time of year," the governor said in a statement.

Scoggins Valley Park was closed to assist the firefighting effort and could remain that way for a week, the county said.

Deana and Gene Bonny of Forest Grove have been advised to be ready to evacuate. They told the Oregonian newspaper they moved to the area in June from the Central Oregon city of La Pine. They figured wildfire wouldn't be an issue here.

"In La Pine, fire was always kind of a threat," Deana Bonny said. "But you would never think about it here."

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