Star Mountain Fire burning near Glide

The fire has sparked Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 12:21 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 4:33 PM

GLIDE, Ore. -- A new fire is burning in the Glide area on Tuesday.

The fire is located near Susan Creek Road east of Glide. Officials said the main body of the fire is located north of Highway 138 East.

Right now, they are calling it the Star Mountain Fire. It was called in at about 9 a.m.

Officials said several spot fires gave popped up south of Highway 138 East and the North Umpqua River, which are estimated to be around 50 acres in size. 

Together, officials say the Star Mountain incident has burned 300 acres in total. 

Currently, it's about 30 miles away from the French Creek Fire, which burned 450 acres as of Tuesday morning. 

There are multiple Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations along Highway 138, which means residents need to leave or be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 

One evacuee told KEZI 9 News that they're trying to make the best out of the situation, no matter how scary it is. 

“We’re hoping that it burns through in a good way," said Karna Ellis. "Not too hot, it stays low to the ground and make the forest even healthier.”

The Oregon Department of Transportation is closing Highway 138 and redirecting traffic.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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