ARCH CAPE, Ore. -- Crews continue to battle two wildfires in the Oregon Coast Range east of Arch Cape Saturday
The first fire was reported about 3 p.m. Thursday and second one about midnight south of the original fire, according to Seaside police.
The larger of the fires, the Falcon fire, grew to 273 acres Saturday. Three engines and three crews worked with heavy equipment and helicopters to quell the rare January blaze.
The rocky and steep terrain made attacking the fire particularly challenging for crews, and authorities expect the fire to last a few days but not increase in size.
The second fire, the Shingles fire, was 50 percent contained and reduced to small smoldering areas. Crews worked to extinguish any remaining hot spots.
Because it has been so dry and the wind has blown so hard early this winter season, forestry officials believe smoldering slash piles from the fall roared back to life and became new, bigger fires.
Gusts that reached an estimated 70 mph had flames jumping logging roads. At least 120 people were involved in the firefighting efforts by early Friday morning, including crews from Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart, Nehalem departments and the U.S. Forest Service.
"We're getting east wind conditions in every location where we're having these fires," said wildland fire supervisor Kelly Miles. "The east winds we're getting here are not unlike the Santa Anas everybody talks about in California."
A wildfire was also burning Friday in Marion County near Butte Creek Falls, and several fires were popping up in southwestern Oregon.