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Three recent fires were caused by escaped debris burns and the fourth was power-line related.

Strong east winds are causing wildfire danger levels to climb, according to the Coos Forest Protection Association.

Southwestern Oregon is experiencing a similar weather pattern as California, and the Coos Forest agency has responded to four fires since Oct. 27. Three of those fires were caused by escaped debris burns and the fourth was power-line related.

According to the National Weather Service in Medford, the fire danger conditions in Curry County are expected to last for several more days.

“It doesn’t look like there will be any rain through next Thursday, because there is a pretty substation area of high pressure situated along the West Coast blocking any rain systems coming in,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Spilde. “That ridge is deflecting systems into Alaska and then down into the midsection the nation.”

Spilde said the current dry weather pattern is a bit unusual. “It is unusual in the fact that it is so dry and it has lasted so long,” he said. “The last time we saw significant rainfall along the southern Oregon coast was on Oct. 19.”

Spilde said that eventually, the high-pressure ridge will break down. “But when it does, the first system to come through is often weak. So, there is a better chance of rainfall into the weekend and the following week.”

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