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Another 250 National Guard members activated to fight fires

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

Gov. Kate Brown is activating an additional 250 Oregon National Guard members to help fight destructive wildfires raging across the state.

Brown's decision on Saturday comes days after she activated an initial 125 guard members, who began training in Salem on Saturday and were scheduled to be dispatched on Wednesday to the front lines.

The governor's office says the next group will begin training next week.

Strong winds carried smoke from the blazes in eastern Oregon and Washington across the Cascade mountain range Saturday, prompting air-quality alerts and an influx of 911 calls across the Willamette Valley.

With the smoke now affecting the most populated areas of the state, health officials are warning people to be take precautions. They recommend limiting time outdoors and avoiding strenuous activity.

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