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THE DALLES, Oregon - Strong winds in the Columbia River Gorge have allowed an Oregon wildfire to grow to nearly 8 square miles, forcing evacuation of several homes while other residents wait to hear if they are going to have to leave as well.

The Government Flats Complex of fires is burning Monday in hilly country near The Dalles, a Columbia River city that's a favorite hangout for windsurfers.

It is the latest wildfire to grab the attention of regional fire crews.

In Idaho, authorities are slowly allowing evacuees to return to homes that days ago were deemed at risk from a big and erratic wildfire burning near the affluent resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

In California, a wildfire has forced hundreds of Butte County residents from homes some 60 miles north of Sacramento.

JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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