Fire crews battling back against Cleveland Ridge Fire

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.

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Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a BIG Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife, his daughter and their dogs Stanley and Gordi.
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