Ominous forecast threatens Reeves Creek Fire fight

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Wed, July 30 2014 at 5:35 PM, Updated: Wed, July 30 2014 at 7:43 PM

Selma, Ore. -- All the flames are out on the biggest wildfire burning in Southwestern Oregon, but fire officials said an ominous forecast could cause the fire to reignite.

The Reeves Creek Fire scorched more than 230 acres just south of Selma. It is now 50% contained.

"Last night we did declare it 90% contained, but this morning we revised it back which is an unusual move," Brian Ballou, Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Specialist, said.

A fire line encloses the area, but chances for lightening and strong winds is leaving everyone on edge.

"There are a number of areas inside the fire line that didn't burn," Ballou said.

If lightening does strike Ballou said those areas could reignite. 

"We're going to keep as many firefighters in place as we can," Ballou said.

And while firefighters are on standby it doesn't mean they're getting a break. On Wednesday, firefighters worked to put out any roots or vegetation that is still hot enough to cause a fire. 

"It's work that requires strong legs and back and it's slow going but essential. Part of firefighting is putting it out completely," Ballou said.

Residents who live on Wildpark Lane off Redwood Highway are still on level one evacuation alert.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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