Rare winter wildfires erupt along Oregon coast

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by KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 8:00 AM

ARCH CAPE, Ore. -- Rare winter wildfires in the Coast Range, visible from as far as 20 miles away, continued to burn early Friday morning east of Arch Cape.

The first was reported about 3 p.m. Thursday and second one about midnight south of the original fire, according to Seaside police.

A Forestry official told KGW Friday morning that the first fire was about 25 acres and the second about 100 acres.

Gusts that reached an estimated 70 mph had flames jumping logging roads. At least 100 were involved in the fire fighting efforts by early Friday morning, including crews from Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart, Nehalem departments and the U.S. Forest Service.

One fire fighter told KGW a winter fire this big has not been seen in years.

A wildfire was also burning Friday morning in Marion County near Butte Creek Falls.

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