Southwest Medford Vegetation Fire Believed to be Human Caused

Earlier today, Medford Fire Department (MFD) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) responded to a vegetation fire that broke out around 3:00 p.m. The incident occurred east of Marsh Lane and Experiment Station Road, sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky above southwest Medford.

The flames, which were reported to be moving southward, reached heights of up to 20 feet, making it a critical situation for the responders. Multiple resources were deployed, including brush rigs, engines, and a water tender, to combat the rapidly spreading flames.

Several firefighting teams, working for approximately four hours, managed to bring the situation under control. Their efforts prevented further spread.

The initial investigation suggests that the fire originated near a camp located at the upwind portion of the fire. Authorities say it appears that this fire was caused by human activities. Several potential ignition sources were identified, including smoking materials, open flames, and heat from cooking equipment.

Thankfully, the majority of the damage was contained within the camp area, affecting some construction materials and vegetation. Despite the intensity of the fire, there were no reported injuries.

This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety and vigilance, especially in areas prone to wildfires. Authorities are urging individuals to exercise caution and follow safety protocols when camping or engaging in activities that could inadvertently spark a fire.

The Medford Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation, and investigate the exact cause of the fire.

Source: MFD

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