ODF Leads Charge Against I5 Grass Fire North of Exit 35

At approximately 11:39 a.m., multiple emergency agencies, including Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and other emergency crews, responded to a reported grass fire at mile 36 on southbound Interstate 5 (I-5). The fire is believed to have been ignited by nearby mowing activities, although the mowing crew had a water truck on site that aided in the suppression efforts.

In response to the incident, ODF deployed a helicopter to provide aerial monitoring. The fire grew rapidly, but thanks to the prompt actions of the responders, it was successfully contained at 1.5 acres. The blaze briefly impacted one lane on the southbound side of I-5.

As a precautionary measure, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) assisted in conducting evacuations on Ventura Lane, located in close proximity to the fire. Fortunately, all residents affected by the evacuation order have been allowed to return to their homes safely.

No injuries were reported in connection with the grass fire, and there have been no significant reports of property damage. The coordinated efforts of the responding agencies played a crucial role in minimizing the impact of the incident and ensuring the safety of the local community.

Authorities will continue to monitor the area closely to prevent any potential rekindling of the fire. Drivers are advised to exercise caution while passing through the affected area as emergency response vehicles may still be present.

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and practice fire safety precautions, especially during periods of increased fire risk. Keeping a safe distance from flammable vegetation and promptly reporting any signs of fire can make a significant difference in preventing similar incidents.

Source: ODF

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