Ranch families flee Southern Oregon fire

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Updated: 8/01/2014 2:35 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state spokesman says there are no reports of injuries from a wildfire that spread rapidly along the Oregon-California border and led to evacuations of ranch families east of Ashland.

Brian Ballou of the Oregon Department of Forestry said Friday morning that some structures have been destroyed, but it isn't clear whether they are homes, barns or other outbuildings. There was no estimate of how many people fled.

The Oregon Gulch fire was reported in an area of 6,300 acres — nearly 10 square miles. It erupted from about 10 acres Thursday amid swirling winds and dry conditions. Ballou said Friday the wind calmed overnight, and firefighters made progress on containment lines.

Those evacuated live along Copco Road, which leads south from Oregon 66, known as the Green Springs highway.

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