Oregon wildfires affecting homes and forcing evacuations

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jul 14, 2014

A wildfire burning near the Moccasin Hill neighborhood in southern Oregon has officials there worried about its increasing size due to the high winds and extremely dry conditions. News reports state that more than 100 people have been evacuated from homes in the area but thankfully, no word of any injuries.

According to InciWeb, The Moccasin Hill Fire is roughly 2,000 acres and has destroyed six homes and another 14 buildings. There has been no sign of lightning so officials are now investigating the cause. Blog

In other news, the White River Fire has burned nearly 570 acres in the White River Canyon, about 12 miles west of Tygh Valley. No structures there are threatened. As White River Canyon is designated a wilderness, it is steep and very hazardous, according to officials. Hotshot crews are working inside the canyon to construct a fireline among other tactics to keep the fire at bay.

Gusty winds from thunderstorms today and tonight along with hot and dry conditions are causes for concern for those fighting the fires.

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