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Oregon Wildfires: Middle Fork Complex Update

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Level 3 evacuations remain in place in areas near one of the fires that make up the Middle Fork Complex east of Lowell.

Homes along Big Fall Creek Rd. as well as Puma and Bedrock campgrounds remain under GO NOW! evacuation orders Monday. A complete evacuation map can be found at www.lanecountyor.gov.

The complex includes 12 wildfires ignited by lightning on the Willamette National Forest- five of those fires are at full containment.

The Gales Creek fire south of county road 18 is burning across 400 acres. Steve Hawkins is the Deputy Incident Commander with the Northwest Incident Management Team 9. In a Sunday fire update he said the Gales Fire was “burning in heavy, downed fuels on steep ground.” The Gales Creek Fire is moving toward the Elephant Rock Fire, which is approximately two miles to the southeast.

Firefighters are developing plans for primary and alternate containment lines on the 50-acre Ninemile Fire.

The 24-acre Kwis fire is the closest fire to Oakridge and is located south of Road 24 near Salmon creek. It is the highest priority fire in the complex. Crews are building primary and alternative lines to contain that fire.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.