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Fire in southwest Oregon burns 3 homes, other structures

Associated Press

SELMA, Ore. – State fire officials said a blaze burning along Highway 199 in southwest Oregon destroyed three homes and at least five outbuildings.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said firefighters Saturday morning discovered one more home had burned than previously thought.

No injuries were reported. Several dozens of people in the rural community were told to leave the area.

Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou said the 50-acre fire began Friday on the west side of the Redwood Highway near the town of Selma. High winds fanned the flames to the other side of the road. The blaze temporarily closed the highway.

Ballou said investigators believe the fire was human-caused had a possible suspect.

The blaze was mostly contained as of Saturday. Fire crews were monitoring fire lines and watching for hot spots or flare ups.

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