More homes found destroyed as crews fight Moccasin Hill Fire

More homes found destroyed as crews fight Moccasin Hill Fire »Play Video
Smoke from the Moccasin Hill Fire on Sunday, July 13

SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. — A Klamath County wildfire that forced over 100 people to evacuate their homes Sunday afternoon was more destructive than authorities initially believed, as officials raise the total of structures burned from 20 to 33.

Fire officials first estimated the fast-growing Moccasin Hill Fire in a rural subdivision near Sprague River destroyed six houses along with 14 outbuildings — barns, garages, shops and the like.

South Central Oregon Interagency Fire toured the burn area with the Red Cross Tuesday to get a better assessment of the damage.

Spokeswoman Ashley Lertora said they found 17 primary residences, including houses, campers, fifth-wheelers and trailers,  were destroyed in Sunday's fire. There were 16 "other" structures, generally called outbuildings, also burned.

No other structures have been lost since the fire broke out Sunday, Lertora said.

A Red Cross shelter is set up at the Sprague River Community Center for those who lost their home in the fire.

Crews established a full fire containment line around the 4-square-mile burn area, and are now working toward its center, putting out hot spots. Some of the 750 people working the fire are expected to be reassigned Wednesday.

Infrared mapping now estimates the size of the fire at 2,500 acres - almost 4 square miles.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.