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Weekend Fire Closes Hwy 26

MADRAS, OR -- Several pieces of equipment were destroyed in a weekend fire north of Madras. According to Jefferson County Fire & EMS, crews initially responded to a backyard fire on NW Columbia Drive on Saturday, just before 7 p.m. They accessed adjacent properties and formed a fire line.

BLM fire crews mopped up the perimeter while other firefighters extinguished outbuildings and other equipment. The fire was contained to 4 acres, but damaged a large greenhouse, small outbuildings, a 4-wheeler, motorcycle, RV and other vehicles. 

Sunday morning, crews returned to check for hotspots. Around 5:30 p.m. they were called back to the scene when fire rekindled and jumped containment lines. It burned grass and juniper along Highway 26 for about 3/4 of an acre. Firefighters remained on scene late into the evening and plan to check on hot spots again Monday. 

Investigators believe the fire started with a campfire too close to other combustible materials. 


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