The Jack Creek Fire prompted residents in Oregon’s Douglas County to flee on Tuesday.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 “GO!” evacuation order for residents located between mile marker 43 to Eagle Rock campground on the Umpqua National Forest under the state’s “Ready, Set, Go!” program.
Everything east of Eagle Rock campground to Soda Springs was placed under Level 2 “Be Set” status, indicating “significant danger” and encouraging residents to voluntarily relocate, re-shelter or be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
The Jack Creek Fire was reported at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday and has grown to 1,500 acres.
The Oregon Department of Transportation blocked a portion of state route 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, as firefighters worked to put out the fire.
To fight the fire, nine engines, two hand crews, three water tenders, three heavy lift helicopters, one light helicopter, three air tankers, and two fixed wings were used.
The fire destroyed grass and timber, and the origin of the fire is still being investigated.