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TAKILMA, Ore. —
UPDATE: 6/29/2018 7:46 p.m.
The Illinois Valley Fire District says at 4:00 PM units from Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry were dispatched to a grass fire in the 5300 block of Takilma Rd.
Crews say upon arrival on scene Fire Chief Hoke immediately call a second alarm. This alarm brought units from Rural Metro, Grants Pass Fire, and additional resources from ODF.
Fire crews say the fire appeared to be caused by a farmer mowing his hay field, however the cause of the fire is under investigation by ODF.
Crews say the little breeze and dry conditions caused the fire to spread quickly. The fire was contained at 6:00 PM and had spread to 15 acres.
ODF dispatched one helicopter and one bulldozer to help contain the fire. Crews say no structures were threatened.
Fire crews are rushing to contain a growing brush fire on private land near 5301 Takilma Road, according to the Illinois Valley Fire District (IVFD).
Reports of the fire's size are somewhat conflicting. As of 4:50 p.m. on Friday evening, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said that the fire only covered three or four acres. By 5:20 p.m., IVFD said it had grown to 15 acres.
According to ODF, winds are making it difficult for fire crews to contain the flames, making for a "difficult firefight."
Firefighters from ODF, IVFD, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire are all engaged in creating a control line along both flanks of the fire.