Saturday, June 22, 2013

Worthington Rd Fire Burns 70 Acres of Brush

[ Updated 4:37 p.m. ]

A fast-moving grass and brush fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. along Worthington Rd., located approximately 2 miles east of Eagle Point. The fire is burning in tall, dry grass and thick patches of buck brush. Oak and ponderosa pine trees are scattered throughout the fire area.

The fire size is estimated at 70 acres, and a fireline has been nearly completed around the perimeter.

The following resources are assigned to contain the blaze:

6 engines from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Medford Unit, and Jackson County Fire District 3
2 water tenders (from Jackson County Fire District 3 and Lake Creek Rural Fire Protection District)
1 small (Type 3) helicopter with a water bucket
1 bulldozer
1 10-person crew

On order are the following resources:

2 20-person crews
1 bulldozer
4 engines

No homes or other structures are immediately threatened by the fire. The nearest area of homes is along Obenchain Rd, 1-2 miles east of the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.