Near Trail, Ore. — As the Cleveland Ridge Fire continues to burn, crews are taking to the air and the ground in an effort to contain the blaze.
With the scars of the Stouts Fire just miles away, the Cleveland Ridge Fire brings new concerns to neighbors.
Bucket after bucket, drop after drop, a coalition of fire agencies working to beat back the Cleveland Ridge Fire.
“Right now we’re working around the edges of the fire hitting all the hot spots, we always work from the exterior of the fire in towards the middle,” said Brian Ballou.
The objective, keep the fire away from nearby homes and property.
“Fortunately this one we were able to get a pretty good fire line wrapped around most of it in a little more than a 24 hour cycle,” said Ballou.
And knock back the flames as quick as possible.
“250 acre fire, which isn’t huge but it’s still gonna take some time,” said Ballou.
The cause of the Cleveland Ridge Fire is still under investigation.
Matt earned a Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Before joining NBC5 News, Matt spent a year in Alexandria, Louisiana as a reporter and anchor for KALB News. Matt was also a production assistant at KEZI 9 News in Eugene and an intern at CNN.
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