Gusty winds and relatively low humidity levels helped the Rowena Fire grow to 3,374 acres Friday morning, according to spokesman Dave Wells with the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Fifteen people spent Wednesday night in a Red Cross shelter set up at Dry Hollow Elementary School, including Doris Cox and her husband Norman.
"At about 10, my neighbor was pounding on the door saying, 'you have to leave now,'" said Cox. "I was, of course, thinking the fire would come to the house and all the other houses. I was quite upset."
Firefighters were bracing for similar weather conditions Friday, as they went into their morning briefing.
Size: 3372 acres
Percent Contained: 35%
Cause: Under Investigation
Evacuations: Level III- 143 homes, Level I- 597 homes
Damage Assessment: 740 homes threatened, 2 damaged, 1 destroyed, 5 outbuildings destroyed
Red Flag Warning: In effect for the fire Friday with low relative humidities and high winds.
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