A southern Oregon wildfire near Sprague River forced the evacuation of more than 100 people and destroyed six homes and 14 other structures as it burned through 2,900 acres.
The Klamath County fire, which was not contained Monday afternoon, started Sunday, and the cause is still being determined, The Herald and News reported
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Although fire crews were re-examining how much area was covered by the fire on Monday, officials said it was at least 4.5 square miles.
South Central Oregon Interagency Fire officials told KVAL several smaller fires were started in the area
by lightning earlier in the day Sunday, and the station confirmed that about 1,500 lightning strikes in the central part of Oregon started 38 fires on Sunday. The Seattle Times said the number of lightning strikes
statewide in Oregon was more than 6,000 lightning strike number to more than 6,000 statewide.
Some of the state’s central counties were put in Extreme Fire Danger status over the weekend. Officials said areas around Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties were in extreme danger and that wildfires could be “explosive and intense if an ignition occurs,” a statement said, KTVZ reported
As the American Red Cross set up shelters for those being evacuated near Sprague River, others were concerned about horses in the area. The Project Spirit Horse Rescue posted on its Facebook page, “The fire in Sprague River is getting worse. If we get called out to evacuate horses or any large animals and you would like to volunteer to come along, please [send] your phone number and the type of Horse/stock trailer you have. Thank you.”
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