Fire in Eagle Point burn several barns

{gallery}/08_09_11/fire{/gallery}A fire on Reese Cr. Rd. destroyed two barns on Tuesday evening, Aug. 2. One other was severely damaged. All were a complete loss.

Fire investigators with Jackson County Fire District No. 3 are investigating the cause of the fire. At this point all they know is that it started in one of the barns which was filled with hay. According to Battalion Chief Rod Edwards the first barn was fully involved when they arrived on scene and the fire quickly spread to an adjacent barn turning it to rubble within minutes. The flames then spread to the third barn, which housed farm equipment. The third barn was heavily damaged but still standing once firefighters got control of the blaze.

Firefighters continually doused the hay with water to prevent embers that could spread to nearby homes and fields. The Oregon Department of Forestry crews were on site to help if any part of the fields caught fire. ODF crews also used spades and shovels to dig a line around the barns and help break up some of the hay bales. ODF sent a helicopter to the fire to drop buckets of water on the burning barns.

There were no injuries and there was no livestock involved.

The blaze sent a large column of dark smoke across town. Pacific Power was quick to respond to shut down the power in the area.

Edwards said the smoldering hay will remain a problem for a long time. 911 would only need to be called if open flames are seen in or near the hay.  Residents around Eagle Point could smell the burning hay throughout the night.  Engines remained on site most of the day Wednesday working with an excavator to break up and water down the burning hay.

Approximately 22 tons of hay were lost with a value near $3300.00. The property owners were on site during the fire.
By Kathy Sell
of the Independent


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