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Sep 2, 2011 7:53 AM by Kate Richards

Multiple wildfires in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters working on a dozen major fires or groups of fires in central and eastern Oregon have things to worry about as the Labor Day weekend nears.

Jeree Mills, a spokeswoman for the federal fire center in Portland, says hot, dry and windy weather is expected over the weekend and again later next week. So firefighters are trying to get lines established before the weather turns unfavorable.

Mills says smoke is obscuring small fires that began with lightning strikes a week ago. That could allow some fires to grow before they're noticed.

And lots of Oregonians are expected to be outdoors over the weekend.
Mills says travelers should check websites and call ahead to make sure that roads, campgrounds and such are open.

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