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Fire in national forest in Clackamas County grows by about half


PORTLAND, Oregon — A wildfire in Clackamas County has spread through the night, and authorities said Tuesday its area has grown by about half.

The fire is in the national forest 10 miles southeast of Estacada, a town of about 2,900. It's not considered threatened.

An RV park, a campground and an off-road vehicle area have been closed. About 40 homes are under evacuation notices, and residents of about 120 more have been told to get ready to leave.

The fire area is now about 5.5 square miles, nearly 3,600 acres. Authorities say they suspect a target shooter in a gravel pit set it off Saturday.

More wildfire crews are reported on their way, and Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send in local fire departments to protect buildings.

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