Cave Junction grass fire started by electrical short

A short-circuit in an irrigation pump started a small grass fire in Cave Junction.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 8:06 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 4:31 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. -- Around 5p.m. on April 25th Illinois Valley Fire District was dispatched to a grass fire near the intersection of Holland Loop and Maurer Drive.

IVFD fire investigators determined the fire was started by a short-circuit in the wiring of an irrigation pump. A wire laying on the ground that lead to the pump had been damaged during the winter. The first time the owner turned on the pump, an electrical arc caused the grass around it to ignite.

IVFD says the owner responded correctly, turning off the power line to the pump and was using a garden hose to extinguish the flames until fire crews arrived.

The fire burned an 8 ft. circle.

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