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Two Southern Oregon wildfires trigger evacuation warnings; no containment

by Jefferson Public Radio staff reports |

Some residents in Klamath County, Ore., received evacuation notices Sunday night because of a wind-driven wildfire.

The Sycan River Fire is burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, about 20 miles north of the unincorporated town of Beatty.

The fire was about 250 acres with no containment as of Sunday night. The cause is under investigation.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 2 “Get Set” evacuation order for a residential area called the Sycan Forest Estates.

County leaders and the American Red Cross set up a temporary evacuation point at Gearhart Elementary School in Bly.

This is the second wildfire that caused evacuation warnings in Southern Oregon over the weekend. The East Antelope Road Fire near White City caused the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to set up roadblocks and issue Level 2 evacuations.

Those evacuation notices were lowered to Level 1 by Sunday, when the fire was fully contained. It burned about 50 acres.