CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Firefighters have fully lined a fire that broke out along the Bear Creek Greenway north of the Jackson County Expo on Wednesday evening, according to the latest from Fire District 3.
Officials said that the fire broke out around 6 p.m. on Wednesday near Dean Creek Road, with flames gradually creeping across roughly three acres.
The first firefighters on the scene found a fire about a quarter-acre in size, located deep into some blackberry bushes within the Greenway. Because of windy conditions and tough terrain in the area, fire crews had a difficult time getting ahead of the fire for several hours.
A Type 2 helicopter from the Oregon Department of Forestry was also called in to help do bucket drops on the flames. Luckily the fire was located relatively far from homes and businesses, and there were no evacuations prompted by its spread.
As of Thursday morning, fire crews had the area completely lined with both dozers and hoses. Fire District 3 said that crews would focus on removing hazard trees and mopping up the interior throughout the day.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but FD3 said that the area did see lightning strikes on Tuesday evening.
With even hotter and dryer conditions expected this coming weekend, FD3 deputy chief Mike Hussey said that fire crews will be keeping an eye on the area, even once mopped up, for any potential flare ups.
"This fire shows the potential we currently have within the valley," said Hussey. "We recognize that we only have a small window before the heat sets in. So we are going to committed a lot of resources here and get this mopped up."