Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District reports firefighters worked early into Sunday morning following thunderstorms that rolled into the Rogue Valley Saturday afternoon. Of eight reports of fire, firefighters were able to confirm and locate three of them, the largest being stopped at one acre. All fires are 100% lined and mopped up this morning.
The largest fire was the Rattlesnake Point Fire, located off of Dead Indian Memorial Road, southeast of Ashland. It was burning on private land and extinguished by the landowner, Timberland Logging, before firefighters and Jackson County Fire District #5 arrived. Crews were able to complete a line around the perimeter and grid the entire fire before leaving the scene.
The second fire was the Y Creek Fire, located on Mt. Ashland to the north of Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Colestin Rural Fire District and CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit responded alongside ODF on this incident. The fire was contained to a single tree that firefighters fell to extinguish.
The third fire was also a strike to a single tree, called the Valley View Road Fire, located east of Valley View Road. Following minimal spread in the area, Jackson County Fire District 5 and ODF firefighters were able to catch it at 1/100th of an acre, and it is completely lined and mopped up this morning.
Two reconnaissance flights are planned for Sunday; Douglas Forest Protective Association is lending their air attack platform, a single-engine plane, to us for the day. ODF says the department is fully staffed and ready to respond to additional fire starts that may be a result of this storm.
Courtesy of ODF