By Associated Press • 

New wildfires threaten Oregon homes


 Firefighters worked Friday to contain two new wildfires that threatened dozens of homes and a school in eastern Oregon.

Some of the 900 people who had been battling another fire that destroyed 36 homes east of Portland were diverted to fight one of the new fires further east near Prairie City.

Homeowners were put on evacuation alert ahead of hotter weather expected over the weekend. The blaze had burned about 200 acres. Its cause remained under investigation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Kate Brown used her authority late Thursday to send crews from safe areas of the state to protect property threatened by the other new blaze in the remote northeastern corner of Oregon.

The fire threatened more than 100 homes and a school, the state fire marshal's office reported.

Temperatures dropped Friday but fire crews were hampered by winds with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Officials started reporting some containment of the blaze that began Aug. 12 near John Day and has scorched almost 100 square miles, much of it in Malheur National Forest.

The blaze was about 13 percent contained, at least 700 structures remained threatened, and evacuation orders continued.

The Oregon National Guard said 125 soldiers from around the state were expected to report Friday to Salem for fire training before being dispatched next week to help cleanup efforts at the John Day fire.

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