Philomath firefighters extinguished a tractor fire Thursday night at a Greenberry Road property. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

Philomath firefighters extinguished a tractor that caught on fire Thursday night at a rural property on Greenberry Road.

Capt. Rich Saalsaa, fire information officer who served as incident commander on the operation, said local firefighters received the call for help at 8 p.m. with a response from both the main station in Philomath and the district’s Inavale substation on Llewellyn Road.

“On arrival, crews found a fully involved farm tractor with surrounding grass and bushes on fire,” Saalsaa said. “Additional resources were ordered, although crews made quick work of the fire, knocking it down and stopping the spread within four minutes of arrival.”

No injuries were reported.

Philomath Fire & Rescue sent an engine company with four personnel from the Main Street station along with a tender and two personnel from Station 203 on Llewellyn Road.

“There was also a barn within 50 feet of the fire, though not involved thanks to the work done by crews to protect that exposure,” Saalsaa added. “The fire was fully controlled four minutes later and the additional units were returned.”

Saalsaa said the fire started in the tractor, which had been used earlier in the day to mow dry grass in a field.

“It is likely that an accumulation of dry grass on the engine was the source of the fire, having smoldered from the heat of the engine until it reached combustion,” Saalsaa said.

The tractor fire was knocked down within four minutes of arrival, Capt. Rich Saalsaa reported. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

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