(Updated 7/14 7a.m.) Homes are lost and thousands of acres are burning in the Moccasin Hills subdivision north of Sprague River. Firefighters say the fire has destroyed several homes and other structures near Sprague River. They also say they're fighting the blaze from both the ground and from the air.
Investigators are investigating whether a lightning strike started the fire.
Sprague River, Ore. -- We are monitoring a fast growing wildfire burning east of the cascades tonight. The Moccasin Hills fire broke out shortly after 2:00 this afternoon in the moccasin hills subdivision north of Sprague River.
As of the latest report, crews believe the fire has burned more than 600 acres of private land. We are told a number of structures have been burned and destroyed. Fire officials say they are fighting the blaze from both the ground and from the air. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Klamath County Sheriff's office has evacuated more than 100 families. For those who have been affected by the Moccasin Hills fire, the Red Cross has opened up a shelter at the Sprague River Community Center. They are offering sleeping accommodations, food, water, and other assistance for free.
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