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Fire crews make progress against W. Ore. wildfire; hundreds of nearby residents hear briefing

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Hundreds of residents near a western Oregon wildfire have heard some good news: fire crews are making progress against the fire southeast of Estacada and it is 7 percent contained.

The Clackamas County sheriff's office estimated that more than 500 people turned out Tuesday night for an information briefing at a church in Estacada.

The fire has burned across about 5 ½ square miles, or nearly 3,600 acres. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/20Al47 ) that so far no structures have been lost.

The fire is burning through grass and timber in a national forest about 10 miles from Estacada, a town of about 2,900. The town is not considered threatened.

About 40 homes are under evacuation orders, and residents of about 120 more have been told to get ready to leave. The fire started Saturday.

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