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Ashland Watershed Fire Contained at 8 Acres

DATE:            January 24, 2014
CONTACT:    Chris Chambers, Division Chief                    
                        Ashland Fire & Rescue                      
                        Virginia Gibbons, Public Information Officer
                        U.S. Forest Service
Ashland Watershed Fire Contained at 8 acres
The US Forest Service has contained an 8 acre fire in the Ashland watershed that was reported by residents during the night. The fire is presenting no control issues at this time and has officially been declared contained. Resources on the fire include two engines from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, one engine from the Klamath National Forest, one engine from the Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management, 40 firefighters from Grayback Forestry, a 10 person Lomakatsi Restoration Project crew and engine and 2 water tenders all under the command of a Forest Service Battalion Chief. Though the cause is being investigated, the fire is in the area of a fuels reduction pile burn dating back to December 4th.
“This winter has been so dry and with the recent gusty winds we’re seeing summer like fire conditions,” said U.S. Forest Service Division Chief Gary Smith, who spent the bulk of the night at the fire.
Crews will work through the day to extinguish the fire with the hope that the winds will die down later today as forecasted.
Anyone walking or biking in the area should be cautious of fire traffic on the Ashland Loop Road (2060 Rd) from the top of Granite Street up to Horn Gap.

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