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Grass fire north of Eagle Point contained

Fire crews were able to knock down a grass fire that roared to life from an out-of-control burn pile north of Eagle Point at around 12:30 p.m. today.

Rod Edwards, battalion chief for Jackson County Fire District No. 3, said fire crews from the district and Oregon Department of Forestry arrived at an area near 820 Glass Lane to see a half-acre burn that had spread from a pile to dry vegetation nearby.

Crews were able to contain and extinguish the blaze in about 30 minutes, Edwards said, but the fire had grown to over an acre by that time, assisted in part by light winds. No one was hurt.

Seven engines total from both agencies responded, along with around 15 firefighters. Crews remained on scene mopping up hot spots through the afternoon.

The nearby property owner who lit the burn pile will receive a warning for not adequately clearing defensive space around the pile, Edwards said.