MERLIN, Ore. – Fire crews were busy Thursday responding to both a grass and trailer fire which spread quickly with the continuously dry conditions.
The grass fire covered 1.5 acres and started from a lawn mower at the Merlin Land Fill Thursday morning. The fire rapidly spread and a second alarm was initially called. This was then called off due to the quick response of crews who managed to extinguish the fire in a matter of about 20 minutes.
The other fire occurred Thursday afternoon in a 30 foot travel trailer. Crews say it was possibly from a problem with the dehumidifier or an electrical problem. Fortunately, the occupants were not home at the time and nobody was injured. A passerby saw the flames and phoned law enforcement. Fire crews again acted quickly and had the flames out within 15 minutes.
“We were lucky that fire did not spread to the adjacent brush and trees or we could have quickly had a repeat of last Friday’s Beacon Hill Fire,” says Rural/Metro Fire spokesperson, Mike Shaw. “So far this year is starting to head up and we are starting to get more fires than usual.
Rural/Metro wants to remind everyone to be mindful and start using extreme caution when mowing in dry grass or any type of activity that has the potential to start a fire.