Mandatory evacuation lifted as crews fight Moccasin Hill Fire

Mandatory evacuation lifted as crews fight Moccasin Hill Fire
Smoke from the Moccasin Hill Fire on Sunday, July 13

SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. - A mandatory evacuation has been downgraded to standby as firefighters make progress containing the Moccasin Hill Fire north of Sprague River.

Fire managers said the fire burned across more than 50 additional acres on Monday. But the wind pushed the flames back into the area already scorched by the fire.

The fire was first detected Sunday and spread rapidly across hundreds of acres.

At least 6 homes and 14 other structures have been lost. More than 200 structures are threatened by the fire.

A Red Cross shelter is set up at the Sprague River Community Center.

Infrared mapping now estimates the size of the fire at 2,500 acres - almost 4 square miles.

Fire managers estimate the fire is 15 percent contained.

Reinforcements continue to arrive, swelling the ranks fighting the fire to more than 440 people.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.