Three-alarm fire burns on Mineral Springs Road
LAFAYETTE — A three-alarm fire burned through four acres of vegetation and a dozen fir trees Monday afternoon noorthwest of Lafayette in the 5700 block of Mineral Springs Road. No structures were threatened.
The fire crept up a slope toward Masonic Cemetery No. 3, located on a hilltop adjacent to Mineral Sprigs and Gun Club roads.
The cemetery has been damaged by vandals, who have tipped and broken gravestones, several times in recent years.
Members of Union Masonic Lodge in McMinnville are the caretakers. They have been working to restore the cemetery and its records.
Carlton Fire District spokesperson Darci Ancalade gave this account:
Shortly before 1 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to an initial report that a fire was burning in cut and free-standing grain. Upon arrival, Carlton Fire Chief Terry Lucich called a second-alarm response.
The fire spread onto a hill containing the trees as well as seven slash pilees. At that point, firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Amity, Dayton, Dundee, Lafayette, McMinnville, Newberg and Yamhill responded. About 60 firefighters were on scene.
About two dozen firefighters remained throughout the night to ensure there was no spreading of the fire and to put out hot spots. Several flareups were reported Tuesday morning.