Homes near Glendale evacuated as wildfires grow

Homes near Glendale evacuated as wildfires grow
Photo of smoke on the horizon seen Saturday in Glendale, Ore. - Photo by Dave Rayann Wytcherley Woodley

GLENDALE, Ore. -- Homes west of Glendale were evacuated Saturday as fires in the Douglas Complex continued to grow.

Governor John Kitzhaber declared the Douglas Complex a conflagration Saturday night. That means he authorized the state fire marshall to mobilize more firefighters and equipment to protect the 300 threatened homes.

Around 45 homes have been evacuated.

Officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry released the evacuation notice at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for homes west of McCullough Creek Road in the Glendale area. That evacuation stretches to Reuben Road.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies are asking people living east of McCullough Creek Rd. to the mill west of Glendale to prepare for a possible evacuation. 

This means residents are warned that should conditions worsen, they also will be asked to evacuate.

The Douglas Complex is made up of around 54 fires that were started by a lightning storm early Saturday morning.

Fire officials estimate that the fires have burned nearly 10,000 acres of forestland.

A resident living nearby the evacuations said her neighbor living on Reuben Road was asked to start preparing his livestock for a potential evacuation.

ODF assumed command of the Douglas Complex on Saturday morning. 

“Everyone needs to be careful when working or recreating in wildland areas” says DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed.  “The current conditions around Douglas County are prime for rapid fire growth.”