Extreme fire danger prompts big response at garage fire in Gold Hill

Gold Hill, Ore. — Fire crews across the state are bracing for a busy weekend. The Oregon Department of Forestry says high winds and low humidity are the perfect mix for fire.

Forecasted east winds can turn a campfire or vehicle spark into a raging blaze in just minutes. So ODF has crews out and about looking for potential danger.

Human activity is the chief cause of fires at this time of the season– so be careful on dry grass.

That extreme fire danger prompted a big response in Gold Hill when a garage caught fire today.

The fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. on Foots Creek Road. Fire agencies from all over the area responded– including a helicopter concerned about the fire spreading.

Firefighter Jeff Fitzgerald said “they do courtesy flyovers, they make sure there is no extension. Like I said we had two to three small spot fires, probably 25-50 yards away from the structure.”

Crews managed to put all the blazes out fairly quickly but the building and several cars are a complete loss. No word on what caused the fire.

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