Brush Fire Spreads Quickly in Local City

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Crews work to put out a brush fire that spread quickly in the city of Salem.

    A brush fire may be expected in the woods, but a local community saw one rapidly spread within their city's limits Sunday afternoon.

    The brush fire spread quickly from Grieves Parkway and South Front Street in Salem. It started around 12:30 p.m. and the fire jumped the roadway. 

    "Basically the fire outraced us before we could get enough resources here to get in front of it," said Fire Chief Fred Ayers. "It played a large factor in our ability to contain it."

    The fire started as a one-acre fire and spread quickly to impact 100 acres. The fire department lost two brush trucks due to the shifting winds, but the firefighters were able to escape the trucks unharmed. The flames were at least four feet high.

    No one was reportedly injured in the fire. The fire was under control before evacuations were necessary.