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Evacuations begin due to two wildfires in Oregon; more orders may be coming

by Fedor Zarkhin, Portland Oregonian |

EUGENE, Ore. – People living near the Bedrock and Lookout fires in Oregon’s Lane County, about 110 miles southeast of Portland, have been ordered to evacuate immediately, the sheriff’s office has said.

The Bedrock Fire has grown to 19,300 acres, with local authorities beginning to evacuate people in the blaze’s path.

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek has declared an emergency conflagration, allowing the state to mobilize more equipment to fight the fire.

“The Lookout Fire has been growing rapidly due to the dry, windy conditions in Lane County,” Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple said in a prepared statement. “The next few days are very concerning with continued red-flag conditions.”

Just a few miles to the northeast of the Bedrock Fire, the Lookout Fire, which began Aug. 5 and has engulfed grown to 215 acres, also has triggered a Level 3 evacuation notice. The evacuation area applies to homes on the north side of the McKenzie River east of Blue River.