Gyda Fire starts near Applegate

APPLEGATE, Ore. – A new fire started in the Applegate Valley Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 4:00 p.m. on August 27, multiple fire crews responded to the 11000 block of Highway 238 about 6.5 miles east of Applegate.

The Gyda Fire was first reported to be about 10 acres. It was an estimated 30 acres by 4:45 p.m

The public was warned to avoid the area as multiple resources were dispatched to the area including engines, a bulldozer, water tender, a helitack crew, a type 2 helicopter and an air attack platform.

ODOT said Highway 238 was closed at about 4:38 p.m. At 6:24 p.m., the highway was reopened with flaggers directing traffic.

At 6:10 p.m., ODOT confirmed two outbuildings were damaged by the Gyda Fire. However, no evacuations were made at the time of that report.

Airtankers were able to completely line the fire with retardant as crews and bulldozers worked to reinforce those lines.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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