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Three-alarm grass, timberland fire burning near Monmouth, 90 percent contained

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POLK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A three-alarm grass fire burning in the area of Monmouth Highway and Ohms Road is now 90 percent contained, according to Polk County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO said the fire started around 3:00 p.m. 

There were ground crews as well as air support dropping water, working on this fire. Marion Count assembled a task force of three engines, two tenders and a Battalion Chief to assist.  In all, some 22 crews from across the region helped battle the fire.

There is one large fire and multiple spot fires burning in grass and timberland.

250 to 300 acres have burned. No injuries have been reported and no known structures have been burned.

Dallas Fire Department said they suspect the fire was started by a combine which is used to harvest wheat fields.

There were temporary evacuations of homes along Fishback Road, and along Ohms Road at one point. 

"I called the fire station, and they said the fire was actually very close to us, coming our direction," said homeowner Todd Wilson. "We took it seriously, we packed up our valuables and some clothing and things that are irreplaceable."

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