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Drought Conditions In Oregon As This Wild Fire Is Consuming Old Growth Timber

July 31, 2019 by Steve Conboy

CANYONVILLE, OR (KPTV) - Nine firefighters have been injured while fighting the Milepost 97 Fire in Douglas County.

Officials said shortly after midnight on Monday one firefighter was struck by rolling debris and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center. The firefighter, who has not been identified, was released later in the morning.

There is no word on how the other eight firefighters were injured or their conditions.

The Milepost 97 Fire started around 10 p.m. Wednesday along Interstate 5 near Canyonville and is 15 percent contained.

The fire was initially reported to be a half acre in size and burning in old growth timber and brush. The fire was on a steep and rocky hillside.

Since Wednesday night, the fire has expanded south and is now reported at 11,668 acres.

There are a total of 1,358 firefighters assigned to the fire.

Officials said a marine layer is expected to enter the area Monday, which will bring cooler temperatures, some cloud cover, and elevated humidity.

Those conditions will allow fire crews to access the fire's edge to perform burn out operations that removes fuel between established control line and the main fire.

On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced federal funding had been authorized to support the firefighting efforts. Along with reimbursement funding for fighting the fire, FEMA is making more than $600,000 in assistance available to Oregon.

Evacuations notices have not changed since Sunday for residents near the fire. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said that they are as follows:

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