A new fast-moving fire east of Portland, Oregon forced mandatory evacuations and prompted Gov. Kate Brown to invoke the Emergency Conflagration Act.
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office told residents near Dufur Wednesday afternoon to leave the area immediately.
The Oregon Department of Forestry says the South Valley fire started at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and at about 8:30 p.m. had burned an estimated 9 square miles (23 square kilometers).
Brown's declaration Wednesday evening authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local firefighters and others battling the fire.
She says the fire was threatening about 100 homes.
Cal Fire says two fires have burned more than 140 square miles in Northern California. The fires in Mendocino and Lake counties have burned 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more.
California is dealing with a brutal wildfire season. More than 13,000 firefighters are battling fires with the help of crews from as far away as Florida. Tens of thousands are under evacuation orders. The state already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said Wednesday. California is just one month into its firefighting budget year.
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