Fires grow, S. Oregon crews expect favorable weather

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PORTLAND — Crews in Southern Oregon expect favorable weather Tuesday as they grapple with wildfires that broke out during lightning strikes over the weekend.

Spokesman Brian Ballou of the Oregon Department of Forestry told the Medford Mail Tribune that fire was spreading readily on Monday because July has been so dry.

Using helicopters and dropping retardant from planes, as Ballou put it, "marginally effective."

At the Douglas Complex near Glendale, about 400 homes are considered threatened, and residents of 105 of them have been advised to leave.

Fire spokesman Dave Wells says the high temperatures Tuesday are expected to range from 70 to 80, with humidity over 20 percent — relatively good weather for fighting wildfires.