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Firefighters work to surround blaze north of Trail

Board Mountain fire had burned 36 acres as of midday Wednesday

By Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had lined 75% of a new fire burning near Trail with hand and bulldozer lines, but work remained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest District.

The fire was reported Tuesday just after 7:30 p.m. It was burning northwest of Trail off Highway 227 on an inactive industrial logging site. The cause remained under investigation, but industrial activity has been ruled out.

The fire was mapped at 36 acres and was burning on private and Bureau of Land Management land. No homes were threatened, and no evacuation notices or road closures were in place, the ODF noted.

When the Board Mountain fire was reported, members of Jackson County Fire District No. 4, based in Shady Cove, were first to arrive. ODF engines reached the site soon afterward and estimated the fire to be burning in 3 to 5 acres of steep terrain.

Helicopter 468 carried out a few water bucket drops on the fire on the way back from working on the Devil’s Knob Complex fire.

Additional resources were called in as fire activity increased, ODF reported.

The fire was burning into heavy timber within the steep drainage. Multiple bulldozers, water tenders, engines and a 20-person crew worked on the fire overnight and succeeded in making significant progress despite the tough terrain.

More than 170 personnel were assigned to the Board Mountain fire Wednesday, including five 20-person crews, eight engines, five bulldozers, six water tenders, and three tree fallers.