Multiple Agencies Extinguish Central Point Area Grass Fire

At approximately 3:06p today, 911 dispatchers began receiving multiple calls of a possible structure fire on the 200 block of Gibbon Rd near Central Point.

Area of Fire

Eleven fire units from Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and Medford Fire (MFD) were initially dispatched to the incident. Prior to the first fire unit arriving, further information was obtained stating that there was no structure fire, however a grassy area was on fire. ODF Fire Detection Camera operators confirmed a white and black column of smoke was coming from the area of the reported fire.

Upon arrival, crews began to access the fire, which was behind a row of houses. Several nearby neighbors were watching the crews work as additional units arrived to assist. The fire was halted and knocked down in about 16 minutes from the callout. It was estimated to be approx 1/100th of an acre.

There were no reported injuries or damage to any nearby structures. The cause in under investigation at this time, as a JCFD3 fire investigator was heading to the incident shortly.

This blaze is another good example of how quickly local agencies are responding and fighting fires in our area this year. The “initial attack” on these types of incidents has been overwhelming any chance these fires have of taking off and causing significant damage.

It is important to realize that starting tomorrow (Tuesday), our metro will be under a Fire Weather Watch. Any potential fires that ignite during this kind of weather have a much greater chance to quickly become out of control. Please use caution if working on outdoor projects and make sure you are following the current fire season guidelines in your city and area.

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