- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) - The Latest on a large wildfire burning in southwestern Oregon (all times local):

5 p.m.

Authorities have designated a wildfire burning in southwestern Oregon as the top firefighting priority nationwide.

Five homes have burned in the 153-square-mile (396-square-kilometer) blaze near Brookings, a coastal town near the California border.

Greg Heule, a spokesman with the Incident Management Team, says more than 700 people are under mandatory evacuation.

The wildfire began more than a month ago, but grew rapidly in the past week with low humidity and strong winds. There are nearly 800 firefighters on scene and many more crews are streaming in from other states and fires to battle the flames.

No one has been injured in the fire.

It is burning in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in some of the same area affected by a notorious fire in 2002 that scorched 800 square miles (2,072 square kilometers).


9:16 a.m.

Authorities say three houses have been lost in a wildfire that’s burning in southwestern Oregon.

KDRV-TV reports (https://is.gd/vW7RHr ) that nobody who lived in the homes was injured.

Evacuations remain in place for the fire that began July 12 and has grown to more than 150 square miles (388 square kilometers).

The state’s largest active blaze is scorching the Kalmiopsis Wilderness - burning in the scars of large wildfires from 1987 and 2002. People living along Highway 101 north of Brookings were warned to evacuate Sunday after the Chetco Bar fire made a westward push toward the coast.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved federal money to help reimburse the cost of the firefighting effort.


Information from: KDRV-TV, https://www.kdrv.com/

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