Canyonville, Or. – The MP 97 wildfire that started Wednesday night has grown to 11,668 acres and is threatening almost 600 homes. It has jumped across I-5, fanned by windy conditions. More than 900 firefighters are on the scene and the fire is now 10% contained. One firefighter was injured by rolling debris last night, was checked out at the hospital and then released.
Kyle Reed with the Oregon Department of Forestry says it is ” some really, really difficult terrain to begin with, you know, really steep, really rocky country and then you throw in everything else, all the contributing factors of the communities that are threatened, the Interstate and all the other non fire related components that just make this a challenging incident.”
It is the first major fire of the season and was possibly started by a camp fire.