First wildfire of the season

FIRE PICCentral Point, Ore., — It is has been a night of multiple fires in Southern Oregon.

And the first large scale forest fire of the season is out tonight.

The fire kept crews busy in the Applegate Lake area as temperatures hit the triple digit mark.

They were determined to contain this fire before it got out of control so Oregon Department of Forestry sent 4 air crafts, including an air tanker to what’s been termed the “strong arm fire.”

The fire broke out approximately 7 and a half miles northeast of Applegate Lake.

That’s roughly 13 and a half miles southwest of Medford.

The fire got going quickly around 7 this evening, but crews started snuffing it out equally as fast.

Eight ground crews were working on the hillside to put out the blaze.

Melissa Cano, with ODF says, “Right now it does seem like they’re getting a handle on the fire but anything can change that, the wind can pick up in any direction the fire can pick up quickly over night.”

The fire burned 8 acres of wild and forest land but after a quick and hard response it is now contained.

It’s unknown at this time what caused it, and no homes or structures were threatened

ODF crews are still at the fire right now cleaning and mopping of the scene and making sure there is no more activity before they leave.

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