HUGO, Ore. — Though flames from the Hugo Road Fire have destroyed two homes since the fire flared to life on Sunday evening, fire crews are now beginning to claim the upper hand—raising containment of the 199-acre fire to 45 percent, according to a Tuesday morning update from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
Overnight, ODF says that firefighters were able to complete mop-up of 100 feet from the perimeter control line, around threatened structures, and from the edge of roadways. Crews also restored power to homes that had lost it due to the flames.
ODF says that they plan to extend that mop-up area to at least 200 feet so that afternoon wind gusts don't cause the fire to overwhelm control lines.
Meanwhile, crews from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's (OSFM) office are planning to head home by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
"Community members can expect to see out-of-area engines departing the fire throughout the day and local engines entering to assist with the transition," said ODF in their morning update.
Governor Kate Brown declared the Hugo Road Fire a "conflagration" early Monday morning, which allowed crews from OSFM to come in and assist local firefighters in preparing homes against the flames. Four structural task forces from Marion, Lane, Linn and Klamath counties also joined the firefight.
"When life and property are at risk, we as a state must do everything we can to support firefighters and the communities they protect," said Governor Brown. "While Labor Day usually marks the end of summer in Oregon, it doesn't bring an end to wildfire season."
In spite of that quick declaration, ODF has confirmed that at least two homes and 13 outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire, with three homes and two outbuildings damaged. 265 structures remain under threat.
Although ODF indicates that evacuation levels could drop for the Hugo area later in the day, on Monday morning those evacuation orders remain in effect:
Level 3 “GO” -
Oxyoke Road from Three Pines Road to Hugo Road, Hugo Road from Oxyoke Road to Three Pines Road, Three Pines Road from Hugo Road to Oxyoke Road, Monterico and all secondary roads off of Monterico, Hitching Post Road, Hasis Road, Trevor Lane, Dakota Lane, Templin Avenue and Wilson Lane.
A Level 2 “BE SET” -
Three Pines Road to Monument Drive. Monument Drive to the Interstate 5 at Milepost 66 interchange.
A shelter has been established for people and animals at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Anyone needing assistance can call Southern Oregon Emergency Aide at 541-226-1124.