Crews from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Forestry have stopped a wildland fire in its tracks after it grew to about three acres east of Phoenix.
The fire was reported at 12:49 p.m. in the 5700 block of Hughes Road, a rural area of orchards and farmland. Engineer Marcus Goss said sparks from a lawnmower ignited the blaze. A mix of engines, water tenders and grass rigs responded, along with about 13 firefighters. Crews had the flames knocked down by about 2:30 p.m.
ODF crews are currently finishing drawing lines around the fire and mopping up hot spots to prevent its further spread.
"The fire has been extinguished," Goss said.
Crews from Jacksonville Fire are also finishing up containing a grass fire in the 10000 block of Sterling Creek Road, which was reported at 1:33 p.m.
A lawnmower also ignited a small 15- by 20-foot fire in the 700 block of Tolman Creek Road in Ashland at 9:45 a.m. Crews had it under control in about five minutes, Ashland Fire & Rescue officials reported.
— Ryan Pfeil