SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — The smoke that filled the sky above Sprague River Monday was mostly gone a day later. Progress on the Moccasin Hill Fire has picked up as more than 400 firefighters are on scene and containment moves to double digits.
“Right now, we’re not expecting this fire to turn back on itself and to re-burn into areas that the fire has already moved through,” said Oregon Department of Forestry representative Paul Reis.
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Six homes and fourteen other structures have burned with more possible.
“Right now, we’ve got some crews in there that are doing some assessments with the Red Cross trying to determine the number of permanent residences and other types of structures,” said Reis.
While officials evaluate the damage, those displaced gave their information to Red Cross volunteers. Also at the shelter, is Maydra Reyes, whose home was never threatened, but has stepped to help her neighbors.
“I could actually county white smoke, black smoke- that’s a building, white smoke, black smoke, there’s another building,” said Reyes.
She typically runs a nearby restaurant, but now, is preparing food for those in her community. Loads of food, including 2,000 pounds of potatoes have been donated, and Maydra said the mindset of the shelter is looking out for others.
“Everybody trying to help everybody and find out what everybody needs and take care of everybody’s needs,” said Reyes
Moving forward, Maydra said Sprague River won’t hesitate to band together and help each other out.
“Everybody will go up and if somebody needs a house built, then we’ll all grab a hammer and go,” said Reyes.
The entire Moccasin Hill Fire has been lined, but whether or not those lines will hold and the fire will be contained will be tested in the next few days.