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Rubbish fire burns half-acre in Illinois Valley Wednesday

The Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry, along with personnel from several other area agencies, worked to extinguish a two-alarm fire in the 100 block of East O’Brien Road Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors called in the fire and attempted to control it until firefighters arrived. The fire was reported as a vegetation fire, and it appeared that a structure was involved. However, it turned out to a large rubbish fire that included debris from a structure, said Illinois Valley Fire Department Chief John Holmes.

The fire expanded to a half-acre before firefighters got a line around it.

Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire-Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department and American Medical Response assisted in controlling the blaze burning in what Holmes described as “very dry conditions.”

Two helicopters were deployed, and an excavator was used to break up the pile of rubbish.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Holmes added.