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Red Cross sets up shelter at McKenzie Middle School

Oregon DOT officials anticipate an "indefinite closure" of historic Highway 242 due to impacts from the Milli Fire during summer 2017. (ODOT)

VIDA, Ore. - More than 200 people affected by the Horse Creek Fire attended a meeting Tuesday night at McKenzie Middle School, where officials from the Lane County Sheriff's Office and Red Cross Emergency Coordinators updated residents on the condition of the fire and answered questions.

The Red Cross also opened a shelter at the school for people who are evacuating their homes.

As of early Tuesday evening, only a small number of people had evacuated and sought help at the shelter, but officials are ready for as many people that come their way.

"We don't know if people will be coming to the shelter or not, but we want to make sure that people know it's an option," said Linda Cook, Emergency Manager of Lane County. "We do have the animals in disaster trailer available for folks who are concerned about leaving, they don't want to leave their pets behind, etc."

If you need shelter from the fire, you are encouraged to simply show up at McKenzie Middle School on Blue River Drive in Vida.

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