Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputies assist evacuations in Modoc July Complex fires
Siskiyou County, Ore. - The Modoc July Complex fires started last Monday in Modoc County.
Some of the fires have threatened homes, so the Modoc County Sheriff's Office called for evacuations of the Rush Creek area.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office sent two deputies to assist with the evacuations after MCSO asked other local agencies for assistance, but the assistance could set back SCSO a bit.
"We're already shorthanded and we have a series of counter drug operations that we're conducting today in Butte Valley, so it definitely puts a strain on us, but we're making adjustments to make it work," said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.
Lopey estimates his deputies will be in Modoc County for one or two days helping with evacuations. The fires making up this complex are burning in the Modoc National Forest.
As of Tuesday evening, the fires are estimated to be over 60,000 acres and because of the hot, dry conditions they continue to grow.
The fire is currently 35% contained.