Nearby community members concerned about Jack Fire

“The fire we had last year burned quite a bit of the motel. Going through the insurance companies and figuring everything out, it takes a lot out of you.”

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 6:31 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 8:03 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Jack Fire, currently burning around 5,500 acres on Highway 138 east of Glide, is causing a lot of concern among community members.

Dogwood Motel, located around 15 miles west of where the flames are currently blazing, is just recovering from the Archie Creek Fires last year. Owner Norman Call said he’s anxious.

“The fire we had last year burned quite a bit of the motel,” said Call. “Going through the insurance companies and figuring everything out, it takes a lot out of you.”

Dogwood Motel is located on milepost 26, not given any evacuation warning yet. But they said during the Archie Creek Fires, they had to evacuate and the fires burned the forest behind their motel as well as several of their buildings.

“Year after year, we’ve had fires almost every year or every other year,” Call said. “It takes a lot out of the residents here.”

Meanwhile, Steamboat Inn located on milepost 39 has been given a level 2 get set warning.

KEZI attempted to talk with Steamboat Inn but they declined to comment.

Over 600 personnel from multiple fire agencies across the state and out-of-state are currently battling the Jack Fire.

Bonnie Bolser, a supervisory lead with the fire aviation crew, came to Oregon with her team in Sante Fe, New Mexico. She said the smoke creates low visibility in the aircrafts.

“The smoke is definitely an issue with the aircraft,” said Bolser. “It really affects how we can fly.”

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