UPDATE: Fire crews from multiple agencies respond to wildfire in Applegate Valley

Applegate Valley Fire District confirms the fire grew to 12 acres.

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 3:11 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2019 7:06 PM

RUCH, Ore. —

UPDATE 5:30 PM:

Applegate Valley Fire District confirms the fire grew to 12 acres. To give you some perspective a football field is just over one acre.

Today was a burn day and fire danger levels are as low as they can be. Wind and the strong sun caused the fire to spread quickly. The district says this fire is still under investigation including damages caused by the fire.

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Fire crews from several agencies responded to a small wildfire in the Applegate Valley, fire officials confirmed on Monday afternoon.

Austin Prince with Rural-Metro Fire estimated that the fire had grown to about 10 acres, as more firefighters headed to the scene of the fire.

But by 3 p.m., Melissa Cano with Medford Fire-Rescue said that the flames had been knocked down by, though crews remained on-scene. Officials later adjusted the estimated size of the fire down to between two and five acres damaged.

The area of the fire was about halfway between Ruch and Buncom along Upper Applegate Road. Officials confirmed that it was caused by a burn pile that had spread due to stiff winds.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will be issuing updates as more information emerges.

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