GRANTS PASS, Ore. – As many as 400 homes near the small town of Glendale, north of Grants Pass, were under an evacuation order or warning Tuesday in Southwest Oregon.
Firefighters said the blaze has been a challenge because of the steep hillsides and numerous lightening strikes.
Brandi Wytcherley and her family fled their home Saturday as the fire roared to life on the hills behind them.
They returned Tuesday, even though the area remained closed and was still under an evacuation order.
They said they feel safe, but have a truck ready for a quick exit, just in case.
“Yes, we have guns and ammo and clothes and just some family stuff that are irreplaceable heirlooms,” Brandi said. “That’s my grandmother’s chair that we have in the back of the pickup.”
More than 1,200 people have gathered in the small town to help fight the wildfire. Glendale is a tight community and there were more than a few homemade signs of thanks lining the field where the firefighters have been sleeping.
Firefighters said they’ve been dealing with not only the flames, but rattlesnakes and even illegal pot fields as they work to try and get control of all the spot fires.
KGW reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report.