Local fire crews were battling two wildfires outside Ashland and Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon, preventing either from growing larger than a quarter-acre.
The Ashland-area plant fire was first reported at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday in the 2300 block of Frank Hill Road, according to information from Southern Oregon Emergency Communications via PulsePoint.
According to a Facebook update from ODF’s Southwest Oregon District, the fire drew multiple engines from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 5, which aggressively attacked the fire and called in resources that included a Type 3 helicopter.
According to the update, crews had already extinguished the fire and were still burning it as of 1:53 p.m.
Firefighters from Jacksonville, ODF, Jacksonville and Medford were dispatched to the wildfire on Knowles Road. Crews grabbed a Type 2 helicopter, but it knocked out the fire before it was needed.
The cause of each fire was under investigation Wednesday afternoon.