Taylor Creek Fire swells to 30,000 acres in Southern Oregon

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With no signs of slowing anytime soon, Taylor Creek Fire in southern Oregon continues to rage and is reported to be the largest of all wildfires. Started by a lightning storm earlier in July, just west of Grants Pass, the fire according to the latest at Statesman was almost 30,000 acres Wednesday morning and has made its way down to the Rogue River on the fire’s northern flank.

Firefighters have definitely made significant progress on the fire’s southeastern flank, as they have contained the fire up to 30%. There have been a lot of evacuations in recent times, due to the fire, and the latest news is almost 400 people have been able to return to their homes, leaving around 600 to 700 people still not being able to return.

At this time, firefighters are mostly focused on the fire’s northern flake along the Rogue between Merlin and Galice. While the fire has yet to jump the river, they are doing everything they can to keep the fire from spreading to the other side.

Currently, the Rogue River is closed for a 7-8 mile stretch through Hellgate Canyon, and cannot be accessed from Hog Creek Boat Ramp to Galice.

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For anyone looking to get updates on evacuation levels, the number to call is 541-474-5305. Statesman Journal has also included a map showing evacuations. It’s about time southern Oregon gets some much-needed rain to put out this horrific fire.

Head over to their site to read the official story. 

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