US West Coast fires: Wind warning prompts fears of further spread

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In Oregon are warning that wild fires could spread significantly today in the southern part of the state or gusty winds could reach 40 miles an hour. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rebecca Ellis has more The National Weather Service is predicting strong winds and humidity could contribute to a significant spread of ongoing and new fires in parts of southern Oregon. The service issued a red flag warning early Sunday to warn of increased fire risk. It will remain in effect until Sunday evening. Officials say historic wildfires have scorched more than one million acres in Oregon. Much of the state has been blanketed by thick smoke for days. By late Saturday, officials confirmed at least nine deaths due to the wildfires. Dozens of people remain unaccounted for. For NPR news. I'm Rebecca Ellison, Portland

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