O'BRIEN, Ore. — Firefighters from multiple agencies responded and quickly extinguished a "rubbish fire" near O'Brien on Wednesday afternoon, according to an update from the Illinois Valley Fire District.
IVFD said that their firefighters respond alongside the Oregon Department of Forestry, Rural Metro Fire Department, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department and AMR just before 4:15 p.m. to a property located at 106 E O'Brien Road.
"Neighbors called in the fire, and assisted in attempting to control the fire until fire agencies arrived on scene," IVFD said in a statement. "En route, the fire was originally dispatched as a Vegetation Fire, then upgraded to a Structure Fire. A second-alarm was initiated to have other agencies respond to the scene."
Upon arriving on the scene, firefighters found a large junk fire that had spread to the nearby wildland. It was initially estimated at a half-acre. Firefighters worked with two helicopter crews to suppress the fire and build a fire line around the area, and an excavator was used to break up the trash pile. Fire crews were able to confirm that the fire had been extinguished.
"IVFD would like to thank the aforementioned agencies, for their quick response and assistance, in bringing this fire under control expeditiously," the agency said. "The fire is currently under investigation."