Residents cautiously watch Rogue River Drive Fire

, Posted: Tue, August 12 2014 at 2:38 PM, Updated: Wed, August 13 2014 at 4:19 PM

Some two dozen homes were spared following a one-hundred acre fire in the hills of Eagle Point along Rogue River Drive.

Resident stood by and watched to see what effect the mid afternoon temperatures would do the fire just outside their door.

Pat and Larry Wimer live about a quarter mile from where the fire is still burning and have to walk down their driveway to get a clear view from their densely forested five-acre parcel.

"There's a lot of fuel in here the stuff you see all around you." Which is howLarry Wimer described the surround rural property.

The couple was in Medford when they got an urgent call from a friend telling them they should check on their home. When they arrived it was chaos.

  "By the time we got here there where two bombers, six helicopters and we started loading the cars up." Wimer said.

Greg Alexander with the Oregon Department of Forestry says the resources played a major role in protecting the surrounding homes.

 "Earlier in the week we were talking with the fire camps say if we have another start, we're gonna need some help. Because
there hasn't been a lot of local resources available. Most of the resources we used on these fires came from larger fires."

By mid Tuesday the Rogue River Drive Fire was 100% lined but fire officials say it could (and has) jumped to create other spot fires. Much like the residents living along this Eagle Point Hillside fire officials are cautiously watching to see how the fire behaves in the summer conditions.



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