Crews Battling Fires Near Wagner Butte

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TALENT, Ore. – Crews continued to battle several small fires in the hills between Talent and Ashland that were sparked by lightning Wednesday.

A National Forest Service spokesman said there are several fires burning in the Wagner Butte area. The largest is being called “Wagner 1,” and has burned about eight acres.

Crews from the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and other agencies are on scene with hand crews and engines trying to put water on the flames and build fire lines.

“There’s some steep ground,” said Forest Service spokesman Paul Galloway. “Some of it’s more easily accessible than others, so yeah, there’s some challenges out there.”

Wednesday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office put an evacuation notice for people living between mile markers 11 and 12 of Wagner Creek Road, but the notice was later lifted. Galloway said there are currently no homes threatened near the fires.

With more lightning in the forecast for Thursday evening, Galloway said crews were working to put out as many of the fires as they can, so that they are ready if more fires are sparked.