A two-alarm grass fire broke out on the 1400 block of Madera Dr in Trail earlier at 10p this evening, requiring the prompt response of emergency services. The Jackson County Sheriffs Department (JCSO) was the first to arrive at the scene, where they encountered an estimated one-acre fire. The fire grew to about an acre at last estimates. As a precautionary measure, a house located north of the fire was evacuated, along with at least one other residence on the 1500 block of Madera Dr. Several homes along Country Club Dr were also notified about the fire and were put on alert for possible future evacuations.
Multiple firefighting agencies mobilized to combat the blaze. The Jackson County Fire District 4 (JCFD4) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) joined forces with the JCSO. A concerned caller reported that the fire was rapidly advancing in a northerly direction toward a residential property.
In addition to firefighting efforts, the JCSO aided in evacuating the surrounding area as a safety measure. However, the response time of the Oregon Department of Forestry was briefly hindered due to reports of a potential domestic incident at a nearby residence. The JCSO took the necessary steps to investigate the situation, but no further details are currently available regarding that portion of the call at this time.
Shortly before 11p, ODF command reported the forward movement of the fire has been stopped and crews have mostly lined it. Mop up work is ongoing. Fire is believed to be about 1 acre at this time. Several engines and crews will remain on scene throughout the night to complete mop up and ensure all hotspots are extinguished. At this time, there is no reported damage or injuries.
Medford Alert will continue to monitor and provide updates on the situation.