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Jack Fire Stirs Up Bad Memories Of Last Year In Douglas County


A fire that sparked Monday east of Steamboat Creek in Douglas County has grown to nearly 2,395 acres.

Pam Sichting is a public information officer with the Jack Fire. She said it’s burning a couple of miles east of the footprint of last year’s devastating Archie Creek Fire.

“The community is not recovered from the Archie Creek Fire last year,” Sichting said. “A lot of people are still very traumatized. And so when you start seeing smoke in the air in brings back a lot of bad memories of last year because that was just an awful awful experience for so many people.”

Evacuation notices are in place and part of highway 138 is closed. Sichting said conditions are more like what you’d see at the end of August than in early July. She urged people to be careful in the dry, hot conditions.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday declared a state of emergency due to the Jack Fire. On Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to free up more resources to fight the Jack Fire.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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