CANYONVILLE, Oregon — A fire burning in forestland in southwest Oregon has spread to more than 23 square miles, keeping about 35 families from their homes.
Another 100 families have been told to prepare to leave. An estimated 264 structures are threatened by the Stouts Creek Fire about 16 miles east of Canyonville in Douglas County, although not all of them are homes. No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
Although the fire was still growing Sunday, fire team spokesman Dave Wells said they were not expecting explosive growth. Wells said the day was overcast and misty rain was falling. Its cause is under investigation.
The fire, which began Thursday in the unincorporated community of Milo, Oregon, doubled in size from Friday to Sunday.
"It's just tough keeping up with it. It's so dry out here," said Wells, who represents the fire team from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the state fire marshal.
A total of 264 structures are threatened with 100 families being told to prepare to leave, in addition to the three dozen already evacuated, Wells said.
High temperatures and extremely dry conditions have helped the fire grow rapidly. The fire is also wind and slope driven, Wells said.
The weather forecast called for rain Sunday, which could help firefighters, but the incident commander has said it a "big tough fire" that will take a while to control, Wells said.
More than 1000 people are fighting the fire, which was about 3 percent contained Sunday morning.
Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act so resources from around the state can be used to protect homes.
Nearly 200 people attended an information meeting about the fire in a community church Saturday evening. Another community meeting was scheduled for Sunday evening.