Hot Dry Weather Boosts Western Wildfire Threat

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (July 14, 2014) A wildfire in Southern Oregon that has destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings grew overnight.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon in a rural subdivision called Moccasin Hill.

Spokeswoman Erica Hupp said there was no lightning, so an investigation into the cause is underway.

More than 100 people were evacuated just before sundown.

Hupp said Monday morning authorities are still trying to determine whether anybody was hurt.

Many residents in the longstanding subdivision northeast of Klamath Falls keep horses and cattle, and neighbors have been stepping in to shelter both stock and pets.

Hupp said a plane was up early Monday to estimate how widely it had spread.

Hot dry conditions in the West have heightened the wildfire threat.


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