Firefighters responded to the report of a grass fire off of Mistletoe today, August 27 at 1:09 p.m. The fire is estimated to be approximately 4-5 acres. Firefighters from Ashland Fire & Rescue, JCFD #5, Medford Fire Rescue, Oregon Department of Forestry, USFS and two ODF helicopters responded to the fire. The fire threatened structures and crossed the railroad tracks before being knocked down. Immediate evacuations of a few homes occurred at the time of the fire; however, there are no continued evacuations or road closures at this time. The fire will continue to put up smoke while firefighters work to gain containment.
Hikers on trails in the Ashland area are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report campfires with smoke, heat or flames. If you see camping areas without an active campfire, please contact Ashland Fire & Rescue, Chris Chambers at 541.552.2066.
Ashland Fire & Rescue encourages people to continuously be READY for an evacuation throughout the summer in the event of a wildfire in your area. More information about creating a Ready Kit can be found at www.ashlandcert.org. For information about smoke seen in the Ashland area, call the Ashland Smoke & Wildfire Hotline at 541.552.2490.