Update: Wildfire along Highway 227 lined, in mop-up phase
Wildland crews attacked a wildfire that burned about 15 acres Wednesday afternoon and had threatened some structures along Highway 227 about three miles northwest of Trail, authorities said.
By Wednesday evening, the fire was fully lined, and crews had begun the mop-up process, according to Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou.
Two water-dropping helicopters were joined by an air tanker in attempting to quell the Rocky Road fire, which was discovered about 2 p.m. along the highway between Trail and Tiller, according to ODF.
A team of engines was called in because flames were threatening nearby structures, but none were reported burned as of 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Ballou said.
Earlier in the day, a structural task force with five engines had protected approximately 20 homes and structures, but the task force was set to be let go by 8 p.m. Wednesday because the fire was fully lined.
"They figure by that time, there'll be no imminent threat to structures from the wildfire," Ballou said.
A small crew was set to watch the fire overnight Wednesday, and a larger crew will tackle the fire's mop-up Thursday morning.
"They'll want to put it out as quickly as possible," Ballou said.
The fire closed a roughly one-mile stretch of the two-lane highway from Rocky Road to the West Fork of Trail Creek Road Wednesday afternoon.
The fire apparently ignited along the highway near its intersection with Rocky Road, Ballou said. There was no information about how it started, and an investigator has been called to the scene, he said.
Ballou said ODF has been fighting a rash of roadside wildfires this season.
The Rocky Road fire is burning near where the Cleveland Ridge fire sparked Aug. 22 near the intersection of West Fork Trail Creek and Romine roads. That fire burned 530 acres.