Moccasin Fire burning more than 2900 acres

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Mon, July 14 2014 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Mon, July 14 2014 at 6:41 PM

Sprague River, Ore. -- The Moccasin Hill Fire is burning in the Moccasin Hill subdivision, about four miles north of Sprague River.

It started around two Sunday afternoon and has now burned more than 2900 acres so far.

The blaze is on private land in an area with heavy timber and brush and so far according to officials, roughly 100 residents were told to leave their homes. 

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, so far six homes and 14 other structures were destroyed and at last check, 231 structures are still threatened.

Fire officials also said there is a road closure at Sprague River Drive at Arrowhead.

On Sunday, Sprague River Drive to the east was under mandatory evacuation orders.

However, on Monday afternoon ODF lowered the evacuation to a level one, meaning residents should prepare to leave if necessary.

At the Red Cross Center in Sprague River, NBC 5 News spoke with Jim Brennan, a man who left his home today when he saw the fire coming.

He said he made a decision to leave when he saw flames a mile away from his property.

"From time to time you could see a line of fire, a plume [come] up. I don't know how high it was, but it looked like it was probably between 60 and maybe 100 feet," said Brennan.

Brennan said has no idea if his home will still be standing when he gets back to it.

About 10 engines, five helicopters, three air tankers and roughly 75 people are fighting the fire. Those resources are in addition to dozers and water tenders.

At this point, containment is at zero percent and the cause is under investigation.

On Monday night firefighters will focus their efforts on minimizing the growth of the fire.

For updated information, call the fire information line at 541-947-6223.

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Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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