Central Point: Second fire erupts as crews contain first

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, June 6 2014 at 10:22 PM, Updated: Mon, June 9 2014 at 3:33 PM

Central Point, Ore.--  Flames engulfed trees and blackberry bushes close to two homeowners Friday evening.

Celestino Rodriguez said, "We started to see the flame came real high then we get some water from our water service right here and we put some water on it."

Rodriguez lives right where it all happened. One fire broke out near exit 35 and Drake Avenue in blackberry bushes on Jackson Creek.

15 minutes later, a gust of wind carried embers from that fire 200 yards away and started another.

Firefighters with Jackson County Fire District 3 and The Oregon Department of Forestry. 

"I'm glad I keep the field tilled up to keep that away from my house it's that time of the year everything's dry...it doesn't take long," said Steve Hix.

District 3's Battalion Chief said a gas powered irrigation pump either got too hot or sparked. And said the combination of wind, blackberry buses, and hot weather makes the perfect fuel for a fast spreading fire

"I have a fire all the way around,  so I didn't feel too comfortable with all my grand kids, this is Celestino and that's Iesa and all my other kids are here so I was kinda worried about it," said Rodriguez.

Fire crews say altogether three acres  burned and they said this is a reminder of how quickly fire can spread, with a historically dry season ahead.

These fires happened close to the freeway and crews said even though it wasn't sparked by a cigarette, it's important never to throw butts out the window.

Fire crews also said keep the vegetation around your home under control.


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