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Hot and dry conditions are adding to the challenges firefighters are facing as they battle 23 active wildfires throughout Oregon, and wildfire smoke has caused air quality conditions to deteriorate.

Retirees Ford and Monica Williams were getting ready for a quiet Sunday night at home when they saw their neighbors packing up to leave.

“At 6 p.m. our neighbors were leaving. We did not get an alert, so when they said they were leaving, then we packed up and left at 7 because we thought we better get out," Monica Williams said. "Plus it was really eerie.”

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Oregon's coastal ports are used for commercial and recreational purposes and are an integral part of the state's economy. Years of federal budget cuts have left the ports in need of maintenance and dredging.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $20-million in new funding for Oregon ports. Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio had lobbied for additional money for ports in his Southwest Oregon district, which he said are in dire need of dredging.