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CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- Fire danger levels were elevated to high in Clackamas County this week, as dry weather continued in the Northwest.

Being out on the far east end of Clackamas county we're surrounded by forest on three sides which is drying out as the summer progresses, said Scott Kline, Hoodland Fire Marshal.

Fire season normally doesn t peak until August, and often lasts until October.

Rod Hill weather blog: Wildfire risk &lightning strikes increasing

The Northwest has been deemed by the National Interagency Fire Center as a top priority, which means when crews and equipment are available, this region will be helped first.

A State of Emergency has already been declared in parts of Southern Oregon because of fires raging in Josephine and Douglas counties.

More:Gov. declares state of emergency for SWOre.

Six wildfires in that area have burned about 125 square miles so far and more than 400 families have been forced from their homes.

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