Firefighters extinguish blaze in John Day

A firefighter drags a hose to a blaze west of the Juniper Ridge Acute Care Facility Saturday, Aug. 26. The fire was roughly an eighth of an acre and firefighters quickly contained it.

A fire scorched grass, trees and a building Saturday morning in John Day.

A Juniper Ridge Care Facility employee called to report the fire at about 9:45 a.m., and John Day Police Department, John Day Fire Department, Canyon City Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the John Day ambulance responded.

The fire, just west of Juniper Ridge, was roughly an eighth of an acre when firefighters arrived and quickly contained it. A small shed was destroyed, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Crews had the fire under control quickly and were mopping up just after 10:30 a.m., according to John Day dispatch.

The John Day Fire Department was still investigating the fire Monday afternoon and was not able to state the cause, according to Lt. Ronda Metler.

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