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Oregon wildfires force evacuation of 300

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CAMP SHERMAN, Ore. (AP) — Two big wildfires jumped containment lines Thursday in central Oregon, again forcing the evacuation of about 300 residents of this mountain community, officials said.

The fires were "large and getting larger. In terms of acres, it's probably close to 80,000," said firefighting spokesman Tom Lavagnino. The blazes were fueled by heavy undergrowth, combined with low humidity and high winds.

Authorities said the fires were threatening to merge.

The evacuation marked the second time in less than a month that Camp Sherman residents were forced from their homes. They were allowed back Saturday after a 12-day evacuation.