Sheridan wild fire

Firefighters responded to what was reported as a small grass fire that exploded to burn 60 acres before crews extinguished it. 

Itemizer-Observer report

SHERIDAN — Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire Districts were dispatched to a wild land fire around 3 p.m. on July 20 in the 7000 block of Ridgeway Road outside of Sheridan. The initial information was that an acre of cut grass was burning.

Crews arrived to find roughly five acres of cut grass burning. Due to dry conditions, quick burning fuel, and wind, the fire quickly spread.

A second alarm was called bringing additional crews and apparatus from Amity, Dayton, Carlton, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire moved into tree lines and continued to burn. The fire crews had the fire under control and moved to mop up around 6 p.m. The final loss is estimated to be roughly 60 acres, including grass seed crop.

Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire Districts would like to thank their mutual aid partners and local farmers with heavy equipment for their assistance. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

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