Lightning fires burning out of control in SW Oregon

Lightning fires burning out of control in SW Oregon
K. Gregor photo of smoke plume on the Whiskey Complex fire.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Wildfires sparked by lightning Friday continue to burn out of control in southwest Oregon as more than 1,500 firefighters work to tame the flames.

The Douglas Complex - the designation for dozens of lightning fires around Glendale, Oregon - is 2 percent contained as of Monday morning. Over 1,000 firefighters have mustered to battle the fire.

The fire has burned an estimated 21,000 acres. Fire bosses said the fire is spreading south 2 to 3 miles per day. Forecast changes in the weather could push flames north as the week goes on.

The Douglas Complex has forced closure of Cow Creek Road in the vicinity of the fire.

Evacuations have been ordered for McCullough Creek Road, Reuben Road, and Mt. Reuben Road in Douglas County and Poorman Creek Road in Josephine County.

Fire bosses said an additional 400 residences are considered threatened.

A community meeting is scheduled to be held Monday night at 6:30 pm in the Glendale Elementary School Gym.

The Red Cross opened a shelter at Glendale Elementary School, located at 100 Pacific Ave.  They say that as of Monday afternoon, 378 meals and snacks have been given to people, along with providing 5 overnight stays.

The 2,400-acre Whiskey Complex on the Umpqua National Forest near Tiller was burning out of control Monday morning. Over 400 people are assigned to the fire.

The fire forced the closure of Ash Flat Campground. Forest Road 29 (Buckeye Bridge) is closed at Junction with FS Road 28 (South Umpqua Road).

FS Road 2925 at Junction of 2925-600 (Whiskey Camp Road). FS Road 3114 (Soup Creek Junction)

The 700-acre Labrador Fire is burning out of control northwest of Cave Juntion. There are 439 firefighters working the fire.

Smoke from the Douglas and Whiskey fires stymied efforts to fight the Labrador fire from the air, fire managers said. "Heavy smoke from fires to the north are limiting the ability of aircraft to assist on the Labrador Fire," managers reported.

The Oregon DEQ said air quality in Cave Junction reached hazardous levels Monday. >>> Current Air Quality in Oregon

No evacuations or closure have been reported from the Labrador fire.