40,000 acres charred as Ore. wildfires continue to burn

40,000 acres charred as Ore. wildfires continue to burn

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40,000 acres charred as Ore. wildfires continue to burn

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 12:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Hot, dry conditions on Saturday could boost a wildfire burning more than 28,000 acres in southwest Oregon as the governor and two U.S. senators plan a visit.

Gov. John Kitzhaber and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley will visit Glendale, close to where the lightning-sparked Douglas Complex of wildfires ignited last week.

Photos: Crews battle Douglas Co. fire complex

They'll get a first-hand look at the wildfires that have threatened homes and made the air unhealthy to breathe.

Nearly 4,500 firefighters statewide are battling the blazes that have charred more than 40,000 acres of forestland in the state.

The state appears to have caught a break as no large wildfire has yet to result from the more than 4,000 lightning strikes that hit Central and Eastern Oregon on Thursday and early Friday.

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