Kitzhaber sends fire crews to Rogue River blaze



ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has mobilized fire crews to respond to a blaze that threatens about 25 homes in southern Oregon.

Kitzhaber invoked the state’s Emergency Conflagration Act on Thursday evening, ordering police and fire officials to send resources from around the state to fight the North River Road Fire burning near the city of Rogue River.

The governor says in a statement that the fire threatens lives and property. The Oregon Department of Forestry says the fire has burned about 425 acres east of Rogue River. The town of 2,130 people is located 20 miles north of Medford.

Fire officials say the fire has destroyed a few outbuildings but there have been no reported injuries or damage to homes. It was about 40 percent contained. The cause is under investigation.