Large Fires Threaten Oregon Homes

Jul 29, 2013

Large fires in Southwest Oregon continue to threaten more than 300 homes.  Authorities have issued level 3 evacuations for about 40 homes in the vicinity of the Douglas Complex.

That's a group of more than 50 fires west of Glendale.  Lightning set off the fires on Friday.  Now, they’ve scorched more than 21 thousand acres.  East of Tiller, the Whiskey Complex has burned about 24 hundred acres in the Umpqua National Forest.  And about 13 miles northwest of Cave Junction, the Labrador Fire has burned about 870 acres.

Robin DeMario is a fire information officer with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.  She says the fires grew rapidly due in part to the extremely dry conditions.

"Oregon received somewhere around 400 lightning strikes on Friday night and we've had over 100 fires start from those.  So that's a high percentage of lightning strikes being able to ignite fires" says DeMario.

There's a public meeting set for 6:30 this evening in Glendale for residents affected by the Douglas Fire Complex.

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