Oregon wildfire forces 100 people to evacuate as it spreads to 2,900 acres

By Reuters
Monday, July 14, 2014 15:15 EDT
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By Shelby Sebens

PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A fast-growing wildfire in south-central Oregon has forced more than 100 people to evacuate their homes and destroyed structures, officials said on Monday.

The blaze erupted Sunday afternoon in the Moccasin Hill subdivision north of Sprague River in the south central portion of the state, forcing the Klamath County Sheriff’s Department to evacuate people in nearby homes threatened by the fire.

No injuries have been reported from the fire, Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Rod Nichols said. The fire has spread to 2,900 acres less than 24 hours after it began.

Nichols said he expects an update later on Monday from firefighters in the field on how many homes and how many other structures have been destroyed as well as how much of the fire has been contained.

The cause of the Moccasin Hill Fire is under investigation, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s blog. The fire is burning on private land in heavy timber and brush in the rural community northeast of Klamath Falls.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Sprague River Community Center for evacuees.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Cynthia Osterman)

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