2,900 Acres Burned; Homes Evacuated


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NEAR SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. – Crews are responding to a wildfire out near Lakeview. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership says the Moccasin Hill Fire has grown to over 2,900 acres and is destroying an unknown amount of residences and other structures in the Mocassin Hill Subdivision.

The wildfire broke out around 2 p.m. Sunday in the Moccasin Hills Subdivison, north of Sprague River. The fire is burning on private land. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The following interagency resources are currently assigned to this incident: 10 engines, three crews, three dozers, one water tender, one single engine air tanker (SEATs), five helicopters, three heavy air tankers, one very large air tanker (VLAT), one lead plane and one air attack. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Four new wildfires were reported on Saturday, July 12, from a lightning storm that passed through south central Oregon on Friday, July 11. Firefighters contained these new starts to less than one acre.

Klamath County Sheriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and North Arrowhead Lane. Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Sprague River Community Center.