Fire Threatens Homes Near Grants Pass (OR)

Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire that threatened seven rural homes in drought-parched woods about 15 miles southwest of Grants Pass, reports The Associated Press.

Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou says the Reeves Creek fire was spotted between the communities of Selma and Kerby a few miles east of U.S. Highway 199. It sent up a column of smoke visible from Grants Pass.

No one was evacuated, but structural firefighters were stationed around the homes and a nearby trailer park. Retardant bombers, helicopters and bulldozers joined hand crews.

Ballou said by Tuesday morning, there was a line around 70 percent of the fire, which had burned about 200 acres.

Red flag warnings were up for hot temperatures, wind and isolated lighting across southwestern Oregon on both sides of the Cascades.

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