Oregon wildfire ‘holding steady;’ threatens structures

August 3, 2018
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In photo taken from video provided by Fox-12 Oregon a fast-spreading wildfire moves through Dufur, Ore., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. The fire forced mandatory evacuations in the north central Oregon community. (Fox-12 Oregon via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire in north-central Oregon that nearly tripled in size overnight has continued to grow although officials said the fire was holding study by Thursday evening.

The South Valley Fire near the town of Dufur, about two hours southeast of Portland, had charred more than 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) by Thursday evening.

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

Gov. Kate Brown declared the blaze a conflagration Wednesday evening, which authorizes the mobilization of state-wide resources.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe it was caused by people and not by lightning.

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

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