Oregon Wildfire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations | 101 KXL

Oregon Wildfire Destroys Homes, Forces Evacuations

Written by Rosemary Reynolds on July 14, 2014
MOCCASIN FIRE

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and other buildings .  It’s also forced dozens of evacuations.

Fire managers say the fire erupted near Sprague River around 2 p.m. Sunday and had mushroomed to nearly four square miles after nightfall.  Nearly 3,000 acres have gone up in flames.

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership says the wildfire burning through timber and brush in the Moccasin Hill neighborhood has destroyed an undetermined number of homes and other structures.

Spokeswoman Erica Hupp says crews won’t know more about the types and numbers of structures burned until the scene can be accessed in daylight.

She says that before sundown, Klamath County sheriff’s deputies evacuated more than 100 people from homes along two roads in the area. There was no word of any injuries. The Red Cross is caring for 100 people at the Sprague River Community Center.  Numerous lightening strikes have been reported in the area.  Temperatures are expected to stay near 100 degrees all week long.  Officials still don’t know what caused the fire.  We may not know that for awhile.

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