Hurricane-force winds kick up Pacific Northwest wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hurricane-force winds in the Pacific Northwest are making fighting wildfires extremely challenging. The winds and hot temperatures are kicking up wildfires across parts of Washington and Oregon, burning nearly 300,000 acres just Monday in Washington. Forecasters expect winds of 75 miles per hour to turn small fires into huge ones. The small town of Malden in eastern Washington is mostly destroyed. And the power company has cut electricity to communities around Mount Hood in Oregon as a precaution. Dangerous conditions are expected to continue Tuesday and Wednesday. This forecasted fire weather is extremely rare and occurs only a few times a century.