A Level 3 evacuation notice has been issued for residents in nine homes near the Horse Prairie Fire in southern Oregon on Wednesday.

Level 3 means residents should leave immediately. Anyone living in the area of Lower Cow Creek Road from the end of County Maintenance to Union Creek, including those living on Doe Creek Road, should evacuate their homes.

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Fire engines have been posted at all nine affected homes in the evacuation area.

The fire, which began 12 miles west of rural Riddle on Saturday, was estimated at 4,400 acres on Wednesday. The fire is 15 percent contained. Riddle is 23 miles south of Roseburg.

Public lands are closed around the Horse Prairie Fire, including the Cow Creek Scenic Byway from the end of the Douglas County road maintenance (200 block Lower Cow Creek) to the Union Creek Junction (13,000 block of the Lower Cow Creek), Island Creek Day Use Area (3,000 block Lower Cow Creek Road) and all other BLM lands in and immediately surrounding the Horse Prairie Fire roughly boundaried by Olalla Creek, Union Creek, Cow Creek, Beatty Creek and upper Doe Creek.

Private industrial timberland owners have closed their lands in and around the fire area as well.