UPDATED 3:10 p.m. — Currently 231 structures are still threatened by the Moccasin Hill Fire near Sprague River, according to a report from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. One person has been reported injured, six homes and 14 other structures were reportedly destroyed.
The South Central Oregon Interagency Type 3 Team transferred control of the Moccasin Hill Fire incident to the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 today at noon.
The fire started at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday, originating on private land within a subdivision in moderate to heavy timber. The fire is affecting the Moccasin Hill subdivision. Local firefighting resources along with Rural Fire District 3 (Moccasin Hills), U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management assisted the Oregon Department of Forestry in initial attack efforts.
The mandatory evacuation (Level III) order was issued for Sprague River Drive to the east and downgraded to Level I this afternoon. A Red Cross Center has been set up at the Sprague Community Center.
The Moccasin Hill Fire is at 0 percent containment and is estimated at 2,900 acres in size. There are three Type-1 crews, three heavy air tankers, five mixed-size helicopters, 10 engines, three bulldozers and one water tender being used to contain the fire. Total personnel on the fire is 73, with an unknown time of containment or cost estimate. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
In addition to the team, more crews and engines are arriving today.
The fire camp is set up at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin.
SPRAGUE RIVER — Six homes and 14 outbuildings have been confirmed destroyed by the Moccasin Hill Fire in a subdivision just north of Sprague River.
Erica Hupp, spokesperson for the Forest Service and incident command, said the fire is up to 2,900 acres.
"Some of the residents have been allowed back in to see their homes," Hupp told The Herald and News, "if they can provide proof of their addresses and are checked out by the sheriff's office."
It is unknown how many homes are in the subdivision. The fire is believed to have burned passed the subdivision as of Monday morning. Cause remains under investigation.
Firefighters have built a partial line around the fast-growing wildfire, which started at 75 acres and quickly grew to 1,000 by late Sunday evening.
"We are trying to assess the size via GPS today," Hupp said.
The Oregon Department of Forestry will be taking over the incident command today, she said.
Hupp says crews are assessing the fire on Monday morning. Their last measurement estimated the blaze near Sprague River at about 4 1/2 square miles or 2,900 acres.
The wildfire started around 2 p.m. PDT Sunday in timber and brush and grew from 75 acres to close to 1,000 by nightfall. It has destroyed an undetermined number of homes and structures.
Before sundown Sunday, Klamath County sheriff's deputies evacuated more than 100 people from homes along two roads in the area.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations, officials said.
The blaze erupted near Sprague River around 2 p.m. PDT Sunday and had mushroomed to about 4 ½ square miles by 1 a.m. Monday.
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership said the wildfire was burning through timber and brush in the town's Moccasin Hill neighborhood and has destroyed an undetermined number of homes and other structures.
Spokeswoman Erica Hupp said crews won't have more details about the types and numbers of structures burned until the scene can be accessed in daylight.
Because of the flames, crews "can't get into area to see what buildings were destroyed," she told The Associated Press.
Before sundown, Klamath County sheriff's deputies evacuated more than 100 people from homes along two roads in the area, Hupp said. There was no word of any injuries.
She said that the blaze has been growing steadily because of high winds and extremely dry conditions. But fire teams were hoping that higher late-night humidity would help slow its growth.
"They'll be working overnight to get a containment line" around the fire, she said.
The Red Cross has set up a shelter at a community center in Sprague River, which is about 25 miles northeast of Klamath Falls.