Milepost 97 Fire now 65% contained, cost $19M


Fire began July 24, burned 13,119 acres

Firefighters dousing the Milepost 97 Fire with water, August 5, 2019 (ODF)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Milepost 97 Fire, which began July 24, is now 65% contained in what officials said is steep, rocky terrain.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said the fire burned 13,119 acres but the containment jumped 10% in a day. The ODF said this is the last update they’ll provide on the Milepost 97 Fire.

Investigators said the fire began about one mile south of Canyonville because of “an abandoned, and illegal, campfire.” It spread quickly on private, state, federal and tribal lands, put 3 communities directly in the path of the fire and skirted the I-5.

Information on Milepost 97 Fire

A total of 586 structures were threatened by the fire and 3 homes were evacuated. All survived, officials said.

Nearly 1200 personnel were used to fight the fire, which cost an estimated $19.1 million to fight.

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