Jul. 4—ASHLAND — A vehicle fire sparked a grass fire and multi-agency emergency response around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the 11000 block of Dead Indian Memorial Road.
Jackson County Fire District 5 quickly extinguished the vehicle fire and first responders engaged an "aggressive initial attack" from the air and ground, according to Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District spokesperson Natalie Weber.
First response resources included crews from the ODF Southwest Oregon District, District 5, Ashland Fire-Rescue, Greensprings Rural Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Medford Fire-Rescue, a bulldozer, water tender, Type 2 and Type 3 helicopters and an air attack plane.
"When first responders arrived on scene, it had spread to the wildland and was being carried uphill by the wind," according to Weber.
The initial attack stopped the grass fire at 1.5 acres within an hour. The fire was fully lined and 50% mopped up as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
District 5 is investigating the cause of the vehicle fire.
"This incident is an example of how quickly a fire can take off — the extremely dry fuels paired with hot weather our region has been experiencing are prime conditions for fires to start and spread rapidly," Weber said. "ODF is asking the public to keep this in mind during holiday weekend celebrations. One less spark can mean one less wildfire."