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Southwest Ore. Fires Threaten More Than 300 Homes

OPB | July 29, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Updated: July 20, 2014 10:09 a.m.

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Large fires in Southwest Oregon continue to threaten more than 300 homes. Authorities have issued level three evacuations for about 40 homes in the vicinity of the Douglas Complex, a group of more than 50 fires west of Glendale.

Dry conditions have given fire crews much to do this summer, with the season starting early.

Dry conditions have given fire crews much to do this summer, with the season starting early.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Lightning set off the fires on Friday.  Now, they’ve scorched more than 21,000 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, a fire information officer with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, said 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,” DeMario said. “So that’s a high percentage of lightning strikes being able to ignite fires.”

There’s a public meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Monday in Glendale for residents affected by the Douglas Fire Complex.

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