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Oak Knoll fire contained, 11 homes destroyed

Update 10:03 p.m.:Firefighters contained the Oak Knoll Fire at 8:30 p.m., said Chris Chambers, public information officer with Ashland Fire & Rescue.

The fire destroyed 11 homes and damaged three, he said. The houses that burned were in the 800 and 900 blocks of Oak Knoll Drive, on side of the street adjacent to the freeway, where the addresses have odd numbers.

Evacuation orders are still in effect for residents of Oak Knoll Drive between both intersections of Twin Pines Circle.

Evacuation orders in other areas of the Oak Knoll subdivision have been lifted.

The American Red Cross has established a respite center at the Ashland Grove community center, 1195 E. Main St. People forced from their homes due to the fire may be eligible to receive financial assistance for hotel accommodations.

The city's Community Emergency Response Team remains still active in the Oak Knoll area and is providing assistance for fire crews.

Fire crews will be on the scene throughout the night patrolling the area in case of flare ups from burning embers.

Mayor John Stromberg will address the fire in a press conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

For more information on the fire, people can call the city's wildfire hotline at 541-552-2490 or visit the city's website, www.ashland.or.us. Those who lost their homes in the fire or who have been otherwise affected can contact the American Red Cross at 541-779-3773 or www.soredcross.org.

—Hannah Guzik