Ore. fires prompt evacuations; 2 percent contained

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Another 30 homes have been evacuated because of the wildfires burning in southwest Oregon.

That brings to 105 the number of houses evacuated by the Douglas Complex fires, which have scorched 33 square miles, or 21,000 acres, in Douglas and Josephine counties.

Another 300 homes are threatened by the lightning-caused wildfires.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blazes, which are only 2 percent contained.

The fires have yet to burn any houses or cause any major injuries.

Wildfire season in Oregon typically begins in late July and runs well into August. The Douglas Complex is one of six major fires in the state.

Besides the evacuations, the Josephine County Sheriff issued road closures Monday afternoon.

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