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Evacuations Lifted on Rogue River Fire

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SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire crews said they have made great progress on the Rogue River Drive Fire in the last 24 hours, and said there is a much smaller chance of the fire jumping the lines, the way it did on Tuesday.

Containment lines have been built by bulldozers around most of the fire, and crews have been able to lay hoses as well. The Level 1 evacuations have been lifted for people living along Rogue River Drive, which means they no longer need to prepare to leave. The fire has burned a little less than 600 acres, and is 45 percent contained.

Crews are now beginning mop up work, in order to get closer to the interior of the fire.

“Their objective for today is to get a minimum of 250 feet inside of the fire line, all the way around it,” said Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Despite the evacuations being lifted Rogue River Drive is still closed. Only people who live in the area are being let through. Crews said there are still plenty of water tenders, fire engines, and bulldozers using the area, and people living along the road are being told to drive safely and watch out for that big equipment.