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How many houses lost in Obenchain fire?

I live out in Eagle Point, and the Obenchain fire is one of the biggest fires in our area. Obviously the Almeda fire was more destructive in terms of homes lost. I was curious to know how many houses were lost in the Obenchain? Do we know the cause yet?

— Bill M., Eagle Point

All the fires have had a significant impact on the lives of many local residents, Bill.

The South Obenchain fire is 100% contained, according fire officials, after scorching about 33,000 acres in an area stretching from Shady Cove to Butte Falls.

Fire officials say 33 houses were lost, and 56 other structures such as barns were destroyed.

The cause of the fire, which started Sept. 8, is still under investigation.

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