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SW Oregon fire burns 18,500 acres, has more than 1,000 people fighting it

by Zach Urness, Salem Statesman-Journal |

More than 1,000 fire personnel are now staffing Oregon's largest wildfire, the Flat Fire, which grew to 18,500 acres by Saturday morning.

The fire is burning near the town of Agness near the confluence of the Illinois and Rogue rivers in southwest Oregon.

Pacific Northwest Team 3 will take over management of the fire and so far, crews have been able to hold the fire within its control lines.

There is a large closure area and a level 2 evacuation warning – meaning "be prepared to go" from Agness to Quosatana Creek. Curry County is sending evacuation notices utilizing Everbridge, which provides notices via phone.