TRAIL, Ore.- Around 1:20PM Sunday afternoon, the Oregon Department of Forestry in the Southwest Medford headquarters spotted smoke on one of its cameras from the White Point Lookout.
Neighbors living in the area called to report smoke around 1:30PM, and ODF dispatched an engine to the area where it was confirmed to be a wildfire.
The Abbott Prairie Fire was first estimated to be 5-10 acres. ODF says it burned in a combination of light and heavy fuels roughly ten miles north of Lost Creek Lake. Later, seven engines, a water tender, and dozer from ODF, as well as a hand crew from the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest battled the wind-driven fire.
By 6:00PM Sunday afternoon, the fire was 100 percent lined at a final fire size of 12.5 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
ODF says the footprint of the fire will continue to be mopped up into Tuesday evening. Smoke may be present during the mop up operations.
ODF says if you see smoke in your area, or suspect that someone may be illegally burning, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 or the Medford and Grants Pass unit offices at (541) 664-3328 and (541) 474-3152.