Trail grass fire stopped short as it headed toward homes

TRAIL — A grass fire in Trail burned quickly up a hill and was heading toward nearby homes when it was stopped in its tracks Wednesday afternoon, Oregon Department of Forestry officials said.

The fire sparked in the early afternoon under a power line along Ragsdale Road in Trail, ODF spokesman Brian Ballou said.

It is not known if a faulty power line sparked the fire. The cause remains under investigation, Ballou said.

The blaze burned through grass and brush and headed up a hill where several homes are located, Ballou said.

Fire crews with ODF and Shady Cove fire hit the flames with hoses and dug a line around the fire with bulldozers.

Meanwhile, a bomber dropped three loads of flame retardant and two helicopters made water bucket drops, Ballou said.

"We wanted to get on it quickly," Ballou said. "It never really threatened the homes, but it was heading their direction."

In all, the fire burned two acres and was under control by approximately 5:30 p.m.

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