Fire near Howard Prairie 'almost completely plumbed'

Aug. 31—A grass fire northwest of Howard Prairie Lake appears to be under control after firefighters with Oregon Department of Forestry, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Grayback Forestry responded to smoke reports.

The fire was reported at about a quarter acre when firefighters arrived, ODF reported.

"The fire is almost completely plumbed with fire hose, and the forward progression of the fire has been stopped," ODF said in a Facebook post at 2:50 p.m.

A few spot fires were spotted by aircraft and firefighters on the ground were actively extinguishing them, ODF said.

"It's looking really good right now," Oregon Department of Forestry Public Information Officer Natalie Weber said late Wednesday afternoon. "They were able to get the main body of the fire lined with hose."

Air support was working in tandem with crews on the ground, and firefighters were confident they would keep the blaze in check, Weber said.

Initial attack on the blaze, called the Beaver Dam Fire, included multiple engines, a type 2 hand crew, a water tender, two bulldozers, an air attack plane, a Helitack crew and type 2 and 3 helicopters, according to the ODF Southwest Oregon District Facebook page.

Firefighters will remain on scene completing fire lines and mop-up operations, ODF said.

The cause of the fire was unknown.