Moccasin Hill, White River fires still burning

Two wildfires continue to burn in parts of Oregon, and other smaller ones began by lightning

The Moccasin Hill fire near Klamath Falls has burned more than 2500 acres and evacuated more than 100 people, July 14, 2014 (Dennis Lee, ODF)
The Moccasin Hill fire near Klamath Falls has burned more than 2500 acres and evacuated more than 100 people, July 14, 2014 (Dennis Lee, ODF)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Two wildfires continue to burn in parts of Oregon, and lightning strikes started a number of other smaller fires throughout the state.

The Moccasin Hill fire, northeast of Klamath Falls, has so far burned more than 2,500 acres just north of the Sprague River. Of the 20 structures destroyed, six are homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision.

The Mocassin Hill fire near Klamath Falls has burned more than 2500 acres and evacuated more than 100 people, July 14, 2014 (Dennis Lee, ODF)
The Mocassin Hill fire near Klamath Falls has burned more than 2500 acres and evacuated more than 100 people, July 14, 2014 (Dennis Lee, ODF)

The Red Cross is helping more than 100 people evacuated by the fire.

The cause of the fire, which is endangering another 230 structures, is under investigation.

The White River fire began Saturday afternoon and was about 65% contained about 12 miles west of Tygh Valley Monday evening. The very steep terrain is one issue firefighters are battling in the blaze, which so far has cost about $800,000.

The Service Creek Fire, about 11 miles west of Spray, spread from lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry to the land under the Bureau of Land Management. Two building structures burned, so far.

Additionally, lightning strikes started a number of smaller fires in various spots around the state, including the Willamette National Forest.

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