Fire Burns Through Four Acres in Jacksonville

By Sharon Ko

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — An open burn gets out of hand torching through nearly four acres on private property.

Fire officials recieved a call around 4:30 p.m. near the 11000 block on Highway 238. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Applegate Fire and the U.S. Forest Service responded.

The Applegate Fire captain says about 35 crews members continued battling the fire for several hours. He says residents should be careful when doing open burns near Jacksonville because of the high winds.

“And I know people are allowed to burn this time of year, but they just need to be real careful. Especially in the afternoons, you try to tell people when it is a burn day, try to burn early in the morning when you don’t have the wind,” says Fire Captain Mike Kuntz.

Fire crews say other structures nearby were not threatened and no one was injured.