Wildfire burns in northeast Lincoln County

Smoke from the Trojan fire could be seen from miles away on Tuesday, as crews worked to fight the fire. (Courtesy photo)

Authorities say no structures are threatened

LINCOLN COUNTY — A wildfire that rapidly spread to 106 acres in the northeastern corner of Lincoln County continues to burn, but weather is now on the side of firefighters.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, the fire was 60 percent contained and 100 percent lined. Crews continued to battle the blaze throughout the day, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fire activity slowed Wednesday as more damp and low-wind conditions moved in. Four engines, a helicopter, three hand crews, one South Fork and other contracted equipment were on scene for the day shift.

As of approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Department of Forestry wrote that “the fire is not contained, but the weather is helping us engage the fire.”

At 3:57 p.m. Tuesday, crews and resources had been dispatched to the fire south of Murphy Hill on Highway 18, which was initially estimated to be active in 10 acres. By 8:41 p.m., the fire had grown to an estimated 60 acres and was entirely on private land 10 miles southwest of Grande Ronde. No structures were being threatened and no roads were closed due to the fire. At that time, ODF reported that six engines and a type II helicopter were actively fighting the fire while other resources were en route.

Late Tuesday night, Interim Chief Rob Dahlman of North Lincoln Fire and Rescue took to Facebook to update residents.

“This is still in Lincoln County, no structures are threatened,” wrote Dahlman. “Location is about six miles south of the Van Duzer corridor near the Polk/Lincoln county line.”

Dahlman advised followers to look for updates on the ODF website or the Lincoln County Oregon Emergency Management page on Facebook.

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