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Firefighters knock down one-acre blaze in White City

Firefighters quickly knocked down a fast-moving fire in the 15000 block of Jones Road in White City Sunday afternoon, just north of Highway 234.

The almost one-acre blaze got called out at 12:37., Sunday, and was mostly contained by 1 p.m. Initially firefighters thought it was almost three acres, but downgraded it to one acre later Sunday.

Firefighters called in helicopter support as seven Fire District No. 3 units arrived, joined by other units from the Oregon Department of Forestry.

A column of smoke was visible in the surrounding area. Initial reports of black smoke raised alarms about a structure fire, but firefighters determined that no structures burned. Instead tires and other debris near residences caught fire. A non-working vehicle also burned.

Ashley Blakely, spokeswoman for Fire District No. 3, said firefighters saw an individual out mowing a lawn when they arrived.

"ODF will be handling it if there is any citation," she said.

Mowing dry grass in the county at this time of the year is prohibited.

"If it's in the county and it's not irrigated green grass, we should not be mowing," Blakely said.

By 1 p.m., fire crews had created a wet line around the perimeter of the fire and continued to monitor it to make sure winds didn't send sparks to surrounding areas..

They also protected homes and a number of cars in the mostly rural area of Jackson County, to the west of Shiloh Road and north of Beagle Road.

No injuries were reported.

ODF currently lists the fire danger for Southern Oregon at extreme.

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