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  • UPDATED: Kane Creek wildfire stopped cold at two acres

  • A wildfire that popped up six miles south of Gold Hill in the Kane Creek drainage today has been contained at about two acres.
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  • Updated 11:10 a.m.
    A wildfire that popped up six miles south of Gold Hill in the Kane Creek drainage today has been contained at about two acres.
    The Oregon Department of Forestry said the fire, reported at about 6 a.m. today, drew a response of three engines, a helicopter, two 20-person hand crews, and a water tender. Two hours after arriving on scene, crews had a full line drawn around the blaze, officials said on the agency's website.
    A 20-person crew from Jackson County Community Justice will stay on scene throughout the day for mop up.
    7:50 a.m.
    Wildland fire crews have responded to a half-acre blaze in the Kane Creek area outside Gold Hill.
    The Oregon Department of Forestry has two engines and a helicopter on scene. Department officials say they have no concerns about its further spread thus far, as it is still early in the day and cool with little to no breezes.
    "It's a good time of day to have one of these things pop up," said ODF spokesman Brian Ballou.
    The fire is burning in a heavily wooded area high on a ridge. Last week's lightning storm is a likely source for the blaze, officials said.
    "We fully expected these things to pop up," Ballou said.
    — Ryan Pfeil
    We'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.
    The location of the fire has been corrected in this version.
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