Crews have fire line around 20-acre fire on Dead Indian Memorial, ODF says

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Fire crews put out a 20-acre grass fire off of Dead Indian Memorial Road in Ashland Sunday afternoon.

Crews got the first report in around 3 pm with Oregon Department of Forestry and Fire District 5 crews responding along with three helicopters and two bulldozers.

The fire burned in a dangerous area with power lines overhead and normal breezy conditions through that area.

“We’re really pretty normal for southern Oregon as far as dryness goes, but once we hit tipping point with having to ratchet up that fire danger to high, it means fire will start more easily and carry faster and a little harder to catch,” Public Information Officer with O.D.F., Brian Ballou, said. “This is one of those kinds of fires, but when you’re talking about huge, expansive, continuous grass, yeah, fire can go a long way in a short amount of time. We feel good at only having burned 20 acres. It could have easily been 120,” he added.

Multiple crews worked past sunset mopping up the area and checking for any remaining hot spots.

The cause is currently under investigation.

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