Crews make progress as Gulch Fire grows in Oregon



ASHLAND, Ore. — Fire officials say a wildfire threatening about 270 structures on the Oregon-California border has grown to nearly 51 square miles.

But fire spokeswoman Jen Warren says firefighters are making good progress and had the Oregon Gulch Fire 10 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

The fire started by lightning on Thursday has burned three homes, five outbuildings and multiple vehicles. Several neighborhoods southwest of Ashland were still evacuated on Sunday.

More than 1000 people are fighting a complex of fires including the Oregon Gulch blaze.

Warren says a new, more accurate infrared measurement of the fire was completed early Sunday morning, establishing the size of nearly 51 square miles burned.

Lightning started a bunch of new fires in Oregon Saturday. Warren says an immediate response got those fires under control quickly.