Tuesday, August 13, 2013

String of Four Vehicle-Caused Fires Along I-5 Scorch 7 Acres

On Monday afternoon, vehicles throwing sparks started a string of four grass-and-brush fires along Interstate 5. Engines from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Medford and Grants Pass units responded and stopped the fires before any structures were damaged.

Three of the fires broke out around 3:40 p.m. near Milepost 47 next to the southbound lane of I-5 near Valley of the Rogue State Park. Two of the fires were along the roadside and one was in the median strip. Two of the fires burned more than 3 acres apiece and the third just two-tenths of an acre.The fourth fire broke out alongside the northbound lane near Milepost 46 at 5:25 p.m. and burned 0.5 acre.

See the video below for tips on how to prevent vehicle-caused wildfires.


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