Wind rekindles controlled burns, starts wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wind gusts breathed life into controlled burns of logging slash that are typically extinguished by Oregon's wet winter.

Dry conditions and strong eastern winds made for unusual January conditions. The slash piles are typically burned in the fall and monitored.

The Oregon Department of Forestry reports Saturday that two fires near its Astoria district burning east of Highway 101 are each about half contained.

The Falcon fire is burning on approximately 273 acres about 5 miles southeast of Cannon Beach on private timberland.

The smaller Shingle fire burning on 31 acres was being pushed by winds on Saturday toward Highway 101.

No injuries were reported.

Two fires were still burning Saturday in Southern Oregon, one outside Shady Cove, the other in the Ashland watershed.