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Rogue River Rd Fire Now Six Times Larger

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10:30AM UPDATE: New Estimates put the fire at 600 acres, 10% containment. 229 people are working the fire, along with 8 helicopters and 3 airtankers.

SHADY COVE, Ore. — Fire Crews battling the fire near Shady Cove are taking advantage of the rain’s help reinforcing the south side of the fire where it grew out of control yesterday, but  “just because it’s raining, they don’t want to let their guard down” says Public Information Officer Don Hickman.

The fire is still too close for comfort for more than 130 homes.  Three houses are under a mandatory evacuation, along with two large outbuildings.  Hickman says those homeowners are refusing to leave. Fire crews are working with them to try to ensure safety and don’t seem too worried about the residents because of precautionary steps taken, like defensible space.

There are level one evacuations for about 130 homes. Level one means “get ready” for the possibility of an evacuation. This is for people on Rogue River Drive from the 3,000 block to Rhodes Lane, as well as those on Kitty Land, Osprey Drive, Greenleaf Drive, and Colfax Way.  While the fire seems very close for other homes and businesses, at this point the previously listed streets are the only places firefighters believe there is a real possibility of an evacuation because of this fire.

The Oregon State Fire Marshall “Red Team” is now on the scene, helping the Oregon Department of Forestry and Fire District 4 in Shady Cove. The Red Team is a support system to provide assistance and resources as needed.

Fire officials are continuing to reassess the situation and gather new information.