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Aug 7, 2014 2:14 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Firefighters save homes from Oregon wildfires


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Firefighters pouring water into drought-parched trees and brush saved a cluster of homes in Oregon's Columbia Gorge from a wind-driven wildfire.

The Rowena Fire has burned about 4 square miles of trees and brush about 6 miles west of The Dalles. Residents of 275 homes have been told to evacuate and dozens more were warned they might have to leave as well.

Fire spokeswoman Tina O'Donnell said crews were clearing vegetation Thursday to create buffer zones around the homes. No homes were lost overnight.

Donna Bender owns a vacation home in Rowena. She says she saw one unburnt house surrounded by a charred landscape.

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