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Crews have a control line around an Applegate Valley grass fire Friday that grew to 11 acres.

Lines formed around Applegate grass fire

Multiple area fire agencies are working an Applegate Valley grass fire that grew to 11 acres.

The fire, which broke about 11:45 a.m. Friday, is in the 1200 block of Thompson Creek Road, according to Oregon Department of Forestry public information officer Melissa Cano.

As of about 4:15 p.m., crews had managed to get a control line around the fire, which had threatened structures as close as 500 feet away earlier in the day, Cano said.

No structures were lost or damaged in the fire, which was driven by wind moving uphill, and no injuries were reported.

The fire was caused by mowing equipment, according to Cano.

Mowing is not against any current fire restrictions, Cano said, though she warns it will be later in the summer as fire danger grows.

“However, accidents happen, and this was just one of those situations,” Cano said.

The fire drew more than a dozen pieces of fire equipment, including engines, water tenders and a dozer. Crews included ODF, Applegate Fire District No. 9, Grants Pass Fire, and Rural Metro Fire.

Cano said crews likely won’t call the fire contained until at least tomorrow.

“It’s going to take them a while to do a full mop-up of that,” Cano said.

Drivers should be cautious of the increased number of fire trucks on Highway 238 and Thompson Creek Road.

One lane will remain blocked until sundown.

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