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The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

The sun appears orange through wildfire smoke, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. The smoke from dozens of wildfires that have been raging across the western United States has now drifted thousands of miles across North America, blanketing parts of Canada and Mexico while treating the East Coast to unusually hazy skies and remarkable sunsets. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 16, 2020 - 12:40 PM

A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities. The report from the Northwest Interagency Fire Coordination Center says the fire ignited between Mehama and Detroit during peak winds on Sept. 7. It doesn’t say to what extent those fire starts affected a larger, separate blaze that started on Aug. 16. Regulators say they have no information attributing a “specific wildfire to any specific Oregon utility.”

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