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At approximately 4:24p, Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3) was dispatched to the 3900 block of East Antelope Rd, which has a rural Eagle Point zip code. Once on scene, command requested additional resources due to the potential for the structure fire to spread to surrounding wildland. Medford Fire and the Jackson County Sheriffs Department also assisted on scene.
JCFD3 were fighting the fully engulfed single story structure fire as flame did end up spreading to nearby wildland. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) sent several units and crews to the scene to assist with the wildland portion of the incident.
ODF released the following information tonight: We responded with four engines and our crew. We also ordered a type 2 helicopter. Firefighters were able to stop the grass fire at a quarter-acre, and our helicopter performed around 10 water bucket drops. This is the third structure fire this week that we have responded to for spread to wildland, and the third time we’ve called in a helicopter for bucket drops and recon. Fuels are dry and fire is spreading easily in these warm conditions; please be aware of the increase risk.
ODF command also ordered a Type 2 helicopter with water bucket to the scene. Once the air support arrived, several water drops were conducted to help stop the spread of the wildland fire. The crews fighting the structure fire also requested water drops on the building itself.
Dark smoke could be seen for miles as crews worked the incident. Currently, there is no cause of the house fire and no reported injuries. The wildland portion has been stopped and crews will remain on scene throughout the night to mop up and finish lining the fire.