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East Antelope fire fully lined

Photo courtesy of Natalie Weber | The East Antelope fire was fully lined and 20% mopped up on Sunday morning.

ASHLAND — The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District reported the East Antelope fire was fully lined and 20% mopped up on Sunday.

The 49-acre wildfire burned above the 9600 block of East Antelope Road near White City. Firefighters have been actively engaged in the blaze since Saturday around 2:45 p.m. in response to a report of smoke.

A bulldozer and Type 1 helicopter engaged in an aggressive initial attack on the fire as it grew from about 10 acres up slope, according to public information officer Natalie Weber. Two additional helicopters and a night crew were called to the scene Saturday. Crews plumbed 90% of the fire area with fire hose to ease the ongoing mop-up process.

“Despite hot and windy conditions, firefighters were able to make good progress on slowing the spread of the fire within the first three hours,” Weber said in a statement.

ODF partner agencies on the fire included the Bureau of Land Management for Oregon and Washington, Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Medford Crew 10, Lake Creek Rural Fire Protection District and the Jackson County Roads Department.

On Saturday, Jackson County Emergency Management issued a Level 2, “Be Set” citizen alert south of the roadblock at 8465 E. Antelope Rd. JCSO deputies and Oregon State Police notified residents and 14 search and rescue volunteers assisted with roadblocks and evacuation notifications. Evacuation level updates are posted to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Emergency Management Facebook pages.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials emphasize caution as temperatures reach into the 100s in the coming week.