A wildfire fueled by dry trees and brush and whipping winds ripped through thousands of acres in the Moccasin Hills subdivision in Sprague River, outside of Klamath Falls.
Jim Brennan had to evacuate when the flames came too close to his home near Sprague River Drive. Now he’s taking shelter at the Red Cross.
“Kept hearing the plane flying over behind be and he just wasn’t going over and leaving,” he said. “So, I got up to see what was going on. Walked around in front of the trailer looked to the west of me and there was a big bloom of smoke.”
The fire started Sunday afternoon. By Monday afternoon, evacuations were downgraded from mandatory to cautionary but people should be ready to leave at any time.
Dozens of firefighters from different agencies are battling the blaze and there are more ready respond if necessary.
“We have a 10 person crew out of Grants Pass and a 10 person crew out of Medford,” said Greg Alexander with the Oregon Department of Forestry. “We have plenty of fire engines and fire equipment ready for initial attack.”
So far, six houses and 14 other structures have been destroyed. More than 200 structures remain threatened.
The Red Cross shelter is providing shelter for evacuees at the Sprague River Community Center.