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Cause of Saturday wildfire near Cave Junction still not known

Since you asked

There was a wildfire out in the Illinois Valley over the weekend, but I haven’t seen much about it. Did they ever figure out what caused it?

— No name given

We’re going to guess that you’re talking about the Holland Mainline No. 2 fire, which was burning near Robinson Corner and Holland Loop roads, southeast of Cave Junction.

The cause of that fire is still being investigated, per Natalie Weber, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest District public information officer.

“I know that investigators are actively working on that, but nothing has been determined at this point,” Weber said.

The Oregon Department of Forestry originally responded to that fire at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, May 22, with additional units from the Illinois Valley Fire District and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue.

Crews responded when the fire was about 1/4 acre, but they also had to deal with two half-acre spot fires nearby.

Responding firefighters were able to wet line and fully contain the acre-and-change worth of blazes. They completed mop up by 11 p.m. and left the scene around midnight, and an ODF returned to the area to look for hot spots the following day. They found nothing.

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