At approximately 6:24p today, Medford Fire (MFD) was dispatched to a grassy field near the intersection of OR238 and N.Central Ave in northwest Medford. Several callers stated there was a fast moving grass fire that had just stated.
Medford Fire was already working a grass fire approximately 3/4 of a mile east, just off E.McAndrews, on the Bear Creek Greenway.
Dispatchers immediately added Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3) and ODF units onto the callout to assist. Several Medford Police (MPD) units were investigating the E.McAndrews fire incident and were tied up with at least two suspects believed to be involved. Jackson County Sheriffs (JCSO) units, along with Central Point Police (CPPD) assisted with this fires traffic control until MPD arrived on scene a bit later.
When Medford Alert arrived on scene, several MFD engines were gearing up to tackle the wind driven flames. JCFD3 units were just pulling up to assist in containing this fire as well.
ODF units also showed up minutes later and began dousing a couple of spot fire that had began to grow. Unconfirmed reports has the fire at approx 1/10-1/2 acre in size. The winds were blowing it northeast towards more open and dry fields. Police attempted to evacuate one business, but the only individual on scene refused. There were no reported injuries from this incident.
Southbound traffic on Central Ave was closed for about an hour during the fire. Traffic was being detoured onto OR238 east, then onto southbound Court Street.
Weather played an important role in this fire as well. Winds were gusting over 20mph as temps were hovering around 90 degrees. Thankfully a fast, coordinated response by metro agencies ended any potential for this fire to grow or spread beyond containment.
Shortly after 7:15p, authorities reopened all roads in the area. Followed by the incident being turned over to investigators at 7:43p. This is believed to be a human caused fire. There currently is no further information available regarding any potential suspects.
Medford Alert will continue to monitor this incident and provide updates when available. There is no current threat to surrounding structures or vegetation at this time.
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