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Canyon Creek Complex Fire now more than 53,800 acres, 10% contained

JOHN DAY, OR (KPTV) -

A fire sparked by lightning in Oregon is the number one priority in the country.

The Canyon Creek Complex fire has destroyed 36 and more than 700 other buildings are in danger near John Day and Canyon City.

The Red Cross is one of many agencies on scene near the fire, and they said they're shifting their disaster response efforts to now focus on recovery services for people who have lost everything.

A total of 915 fire personnel are on the ground battling the fire, which is now at 53,876 acres and only 10 percent contained.

Fire officials said the big concern with the fire is gusty winds and a very dry forecast.

On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown announced that to help fight the fire she is bringing in the Oregon National Guard to start training to join in the efforts.

New level 3 evacuation orders are now in effect, which means evacuate now, leave immediately. Level 2 means be ready to go.

Level 3 Evacuations
NEW: The area west of County Road 62, south of the forest boundary (MP 12) and north of Forest Road 16 to the junction of FR 15/16 is in a level 3 evacuation. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness remains in a closure. CR 62 and the 16 are open for through travel, at this time. 
South from Dog Creek to Little Dog Creek will stay closed and under a Level 3 evacuations 
Upper end of Pine Creek from the road closure near the rock pit will remain under a Level 3 evacuation. 
Canyon Creek, from the fire perimeter north at Canyon City, south to the 15, 16 junction will remain under a Level 3 evacuation. 

Level 2 Evacuations
Adam Marysville 
Eagle Peak Gardner Ranch 
Pineview Buckhorn 
Edgewood Little Pine 
Rebel Hill Both sides of Izee Road from Hwy 395 to the Mike Moore Ranch 
Lower Pine Creek from the rock pit to Highway 26. 

Road Closures
Hwy. 395 remains closed 
Marysville from Hwy. 395 to Dog Creek and the junction of Hwy. 26 is closed to through traffic. Only homeowners will be able to access that portion of the road. Homeowners on the lower Little Canyon Mountain Trail area can also access their homes. 
The 15 road remains closed. 

This fire is a devastating situation, but many people are coming together to help a local Oregon State Trooper who lost his home in the fire last week. A Go Fund Me fundraiser has already raised over $24,000, surpassing the goal of $5,000.

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