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Firefighters make good progress fighting brush fire near Elkton

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Posted: Jun 2, 2021 10:58 AM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 12:34 PM

ELKTON, Ore. -- Fire crews have a blaze south of Elkton nearly completely lined Wednesday morning, after it more than tripled in size overnight.

The Douglas Protective Fire Association says the brush fire started around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday three miles southwest of Elkton near Mehl Creek Road and grew from about 40 acres to as much as 200 acres by midnight.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, fire lines have been completed around around the entire fire. Firefighters are working to install hose around the perimeter of the fire, which is 50% contained.

More than 100 firefighters are on the fire, in addition to four water tenders and two bulldozers. An aircraft and two helicopters are also helping with fighting the fire. 

One official said the fire is burning on a steep hillside through heavy brush, making it hard for crews to get a handle on the blaze.

Kyle Reed with DFPA said fire season just started last Friday in Douglas County, and this does not bode well.

"Looking locally, you know, we're close to 45 fires or so so far this year, when on average, we should be closer to about 12 or 15 fires. So we've seen a big uptick in fires this year, not only here locally, but statewide," Reed said. 

No evacuations have been ordered at this time, and no homes are threatened. However, the public is warned to avoid the area and residents are asked to stay informed about the fire as conditions can change rapidly.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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