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Tue Sep 15, 2020, 07:03 PM

Fires in northern California inch toward containment, one southern Oregon fire now 100% contained

Displaced residents in southern Oregon and northern California are starting to get good news - but it's coming at a trickle.

Early Tuesday morning, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office, noting that the urban fire just outside Medford, Oregon is now 100% contained, turned over command to local authorities in Jackson County. The fire, which torched 3,200 acres, destroyed two small towns in southern Oregon but has now moved into the "stabilization" phase, as search and rescue teams continue to assess damage and potential hazards.

Tuesday afternoon, Jackson County officials reduced the Level 3 evacuation areas. On Monday, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office remarked that fires in the state - which continue to burn close to urban areas outside of Portland - were the worst they'd ever seen.

In northern California, the fire burning in the Klamath National Forest - which displaced the residents of Happy Camp, California - moved to 10% containment, up from 5% Monday. That fire has spread across the border into Oregon, but officials said Monday that if the weather pattern held, they felt confident they'd be able to contain more of the fire this week, though spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman declined to put any sort of timetable on full containment. The city of Happy Camp, which had been evacuated when the fire burst out of control, has started to repopulate. The fire is estimated to be 136,000 acres.


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