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Type 2 team ordered for 'Middle Fork Complex Fire' burning near Oakridge

While there is no evacuation order for Road 18, the public is asked not to recreate in that area due to fire suppression efforts and timber and logging crews frequenting that road.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 10:31 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2021 12:30 AM

OAKRIDGE, Ore.- UPDATE: 7/30/21 10:30p.m.

The Willamette National Forest is reporting that the Middle Fork Complex fire has grown from 9 individual fires, to 22.

The fires range in sizes from less than an acre to 300 plus acres.

The incidents are in the Fall Creek, Hills Creek Reservoir, and north of Huckleberry areas. Two incidents are close to private lands and are priorities for the forest.

A Type 2 team is in transition to manage the fire complex, and resources include two Type 2 helicopters and one on order. Continued resources are being ordered for the fires.

Smoke jumpers and Hot Shot crews are also supporting the suppression efforts.

A containment percentage is not available at this time, and more information will be available as the Type 2 team gets in place over the next two days.

The Willamette National Forest has ordered a Type 2 team to help with the Middle Fork Complex fire burning near Oakridge.

The fire is made up of nine smaller fires that were sparked by lightning Tuesday evening.

The Willamette National Forest said they range from one acre to ten acres in size.

One is on the McKenzie River Ranger District, and eight are on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

A Type 2 team was ordered on Thursday evening to help.

Crews are using helicopters to drop water on the flames, so they are urging everyone to keep drones away from the area since they can interfere with their ability to fly.

The University of Oregon's Early Fire Detection Camera has captured a timelapse of the fire thus far.

This is a developing story. Stick with KEZI 9 News for the latest.

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