Rum Creek Fire in Oregon nearly doubles in size, Gov. Kate Brown declares state of emergency
A wildfire spreading in remote southwest Oregon nearly doubled in size over the weekend, prompting Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency as the blaze continues to threaten structures and lives.
The Rum Creek Fire has scorched 8,404 acres as of Sunday, growing from an estimated 4,700 acres the day prior thanks to strong winds and tinder-dry conditions that helped spread the flames, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal said.
The wildfire has destroyed one residence and two mining structures since a lightning strike sparked the blaze on Aug. 17, officials...