Thursday, June 19 2014, 11:39 PM CDT
The Modoc Road Fire 100% Contained
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comWHITE CITY, Ore. -- Fire crews fully contained a grass fire near Modoc Road in White City Thursday evening.
The flames burned 50 acres and took about 150 firefighters to get it under control.
Dozens of onlookers watched from Touvelle Lounge near Table Rock and Modoc roads in White City as crews battled the growing fire.
Residents saw flames grow from a small area of brush to about 50 acres in total up the side of upper Table Rock.
"Yes, I have faith in the firefighters. Me and Laura just prayed to them to help with the fire,” Medford resident, Jaeelynn, said.
An intitial breeze pushed the fire up the side of Table Rock.
60 personnel from Jackson County Fire District Three and O.D.F. arrived to fight the flames.
Two helicopters dropping buckets of water flew in to assist crews as flames reached toward the edge of Table Rock.
Fire crews said the Table Rock trailhead closed due to the fire.
"I don't know if there is anybody still on table rocks. There is enough fuel-break on the edge of Table Rock, but I wouldn't anticipate anyone on top of table rock being in danger,” Fire District Three Deputy Fire Marshal, Mark Northrop, said.
Northrop said the fire was in a nature conservancy area so no evacuations were ordered or planned.
Northrop said representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management came due to the sensitive nature of the area.
"The field right here where field started is private land of triticale and rye. We want to get it put out. Second goal is to not make a large impact to the environment," Northrop said.
Three helicopters dropping water from a nearby irrigation pond ensured a retardant bomber was not needed.
Again, fire crews estimated the Modoc Road Fire at 50 acres and the cause is still under investigation.