Local report

Firefighters halted a fire in the Applegate at 9.5 acres around 1:30 p.m. today, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The report came in just after 12:30 p.m. with an estimated size of one acre. Within minutes, the fire began spreading and spotting upslope near two homes off the intersection of Upper Applegate and Little Applegate Roads.

No homes were lost or damaged by the fire, but an outbuilding was destroyed, ODF said.

Several firefighters are on site investigating the cause of the fire and mopping up hot spots along the hillside. At this time, the fire is 100 percent lined and 40 percent mopped up. Please use caution when driving through the area for the remainder of the afternoon as fire traffic is still present.

Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District, Applegate Valley Fire District, Jacksonville Fire, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and the Rogue Valley 2 Strike Team assisted in fighting the fire.

The Forest Service sent two Type 2 helicopters that were on-hand at the Miller complex.  

The fire is a timely reminder that fire season is not over yet, ODF said in a news release, adding that people should know the fire restrictions in their area before recreating outdoors.

For information about the Oregon Department of Forestry, see www.swofire.com or call the ODF district office nearest to you: Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Road, Central Point, 541-664-3328; Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Dr., Grants Pass, 541-474-3152.