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Blaze blackens 80 acres

Lightning-Caused Fire Near Medical Springs


By Jayson Jacoby

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The fire started in a patch of sagebrush but Phil Whitley said the flames spread so fast he almost could have believed the fuel was something more volatile.

“It took off like someone poured kerosene on it,” Whitley said this morning, just a few hours after he and firefighters from several local agencies had corralled a lightning-sparked blaze near Medical Springs about 17 miles northeast of Baker City.

The fire started about 10:40 p.m. Sunday on the west side of Highway 203 between Wirth and Blue Mountain Ridge roads.

Whitley, who is chief of the volunteer Medical Springs Rural Fire Protection District, said the fire started on his property.

His son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and April Whitley, live nearby, and April was the first to see the flames.

See more in Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

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