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  • Wildfire strikes actor's Applegate property

  • Actor Bruce Campbell was given a "Burn Notice" Wednesday evening after more than 20 acres of his property were singed in a wildfire off Little Applegate Road.
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  • Actor Bruce Campbell was given a "Burn Notice" Wednesday evening after more than 20 acres of his property were singed in a wildfire off Little Applegate Road.
    Oregon Department of Forestry and Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9 crews rushed to the 5000 block of Little Applegate Road after heavy smoke was reported in the area around 6 p.m.
    ODF spokeswoman Ashley Dubrey said the cause of the blaze was not known. The fire sparked on a steep hillside and moved deep into a ravine, Dubrey said.
    District 9 Operations Chief Chris Wolford said the terrain made it difficult to access the fire.
    "We have to hike way back there to get to it," Wolford said.
    Fire engines and water tenders packed the narrow gravel road leading up to the blaze.
    ODF called in a bulldozer to dig a line around the fire. By late Wednesday evening, the fire had been 75 percent lined, Dubrey said.
    The recent hot days probably helped push the fire quickly through dry grass, she said. "This is a pretty good fire at this time of year," she said. The blaze charred private property belonging to Campbell. There was state land surrounding the area, but none was burnt as of 9 p.m., Dubrey said.
    Campbell is best known as the character Ash in the "Evil Dead" horror flicks. He currently has a popular supporting role as Sam Axe on the USA Network television series "Burn Notice."
    "We were told pretty early on that the property was Bruce Campbell's," Dubrey said. "I didn't know who he was, but the dispatchers were aware of him."
    No structures were threatened by the flames, Dubrey said.
    Wolford said the temperatures began to drop as the evening wore on, slowing the fire considerably.
    "It will slow down as the shadows grow," he said.
    Dubrey said it was fortunate that the far edge of the wildland was divided by a road, which would probably stop the fire in its tracks should it reach that far.
    "We are glad to have that road barrier there," she said.
    Dubrey said the aggressive response kept with ODF's motto.
    "We say hit it hard and hit it fast," she said "We don't want these fires spreading any further than they need to."
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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