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Rural Metro Fire and ODF looking into the causes of two separate fires

According to Rural Metro Fire and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest, fire investigators are looking into the causes of two separate fires that started in Josephine County.

Posted: May 22, 2021 3:22 PM
Updated: May 22, 2021 3:25 PM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore--According to Rural Metro Fire and the Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest, fire investigators are looking into the causes of two separate fires that started in Josephine County.

Rural Metro Firefighters say that at about the same time crews were engaging a structure fire on Tunnel Loop, Friday afternoon , RM and Grants Pass Fire Rescue were dispatched to a travel trailer that was on fire in the 400 block of West Jones Creek Rd.

According to units from GP Fire, crews found that the fire had spread to a nearby outbuilding. The fire had also spread to about 1/100th acre of blackberries.

Fire crews say that the fire was quickly contained and mopped-up, but the cause fire is unknown at this time.

Not even an hour later, Rural Metro Fire and ODF Southwest Oregon District were dispatched to a fire several miles up Spencer Creek Road.

Responding crews familiar with the area say they located the fire near a clear-cut unit accessed from the "Cherry Flat" BLM road.

Fire crews that say that the fire was roughly 1/10th acre of aged slash was burning below the road.

Firefighters also says that there was an overturned and stripped vehicle near the edge of the fire, but it is not believed to be related.

Fire crews quickly contained the fire a short while later, but mop-up operations were not completed till around one in the morning.

ODF is looking into what started the fire. 

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