2 Southern Oregon wildfires swiftly extinguished

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Jul. 20—Local fire crews pounced on two wildfires that broke Wednesday afternoon outside Ashland and Jacksonville, preventing either one from growing beyond a quarter acre.

The Ashland area vegetation fire was first reported at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, in the 2300 block of Frank Hill Road, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatch data via PulsePoint.

The fire drew multiple engines from Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District No. 5, who aggressively attacked the flames and called in resources that included a type 3 helicopter, according to a Facebook update from ODF Southwest Oregon District.

Crews already had extinguished the blaze and were mopping it up by 1:53 p.m., according to the update.

Near Jacksonville, ODF, Jacksonville and Medford firefighters were dispatched to a wildfire that broke out on Knowles Road. Crews ordered a type 2 helicopter, but knocked down the fire before it was needed.

As of Wednesday afternoon, each fire's cause was under investigation.