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Evacuations ordered in Shady Cove, Trail

Jackson County expanded its evacuation area for Shady Cove and Trail Wednesday as winds drove the Obenchain fire toward the towns.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 62 near Shady Cove and Jackson County Emergency Management ordered Level 3 “Go” evacuations in the area. The evacuation area included Rogue River Drive to Highway 62 and all connecting roads to the north.

To help facilitate evacuations in the area, the Oregon Department of Transportation closed Crater Lake Highway Wednesday afternoon between mileposts 13.6 to 22.4 — between the intersections of Sams Valley Highway to the intersection of Tiller-Trail Highway.

Mail Tribune photoA wildfire burns Tuesday in Jackson County.