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Officials Address Fire Concerns

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NEAR APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. – As the Fort Complex fires continue to burn, crews are keeping the public aware of what’s going on. A crowd of more than 50 people filled the Upper Applegate Grange on Tuesday night to learn more about a trio of fires burning just over the Oregon border.

The Fort Complex Fires in Northern California have burned more than 3,000 acres; people living in the Applegate Valley have seen the impact in the air, but at Tuesday’s meeting, fire crews said there’s no risk to structures in Oregon. There are concerns, however, about structures near where the fire is burning in Seiad Valley, California.

Fire managers told the public they are aggressively attacking the fire on the ground and in the air in remote, steep areas. With the fire danger level moving to extreme later this week, they don’t want Southern Oregon’s heat wave to slow down the firefight, and help put the public’s concerns to rest. Firefighters are asking anyone driving in Upper Applegate Road, or on Highway 97, to be careful, because there will be emergency vehicles and fire crews using those roads.