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Motorcycle Engine Fire Sparks Four Alarm Grass Fire Near Albany

The fire is now under control and Highway 20 has re-opened.

(ALBANY, Ore. ) - An engine fire from a four-wheeler "quad" off-road vehicle sparked a four-alarm fire that burned about 200 acres of grass fields east of Albany Sunday afternoon, the Albany Fire Department reports.

The fire was reported at 3:02 PM in a field on Highway 20 near Harber Drive about three miles east of the Albany city limits.

The call went to four alarms as winds shifted directions several times, according to John Bradner, Assistant Albany Fire Chief.

Fire crews and the Oregon Department of Transportation closed a portion of Highway 20 for about two and a half hours until the fire was declared under control about 6:00 PM.

Crews from eight local fire districts -- Albany, Lebanon, Tangent, Jefferson, Scio, Adair Village, Brownsville and Corvallis -- responded to the fire.

The remains of an outbuilding that had been demolished earlier were in the path of the fire and burned, but had no dollar value.

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