GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Jackson and Josephine fire crews are continuing to mop up the Beacon Hill Fire along Interstate 5 near Grants Pass. The fire was between mile markers 55 and 58. Oregon Department of Forestry or ODF reports firefighters worked overnight on the fire east of Grants Pass and extinguished a handful of spotfires. The crews made progress on improving the fireline, burning out unburned fingers of fuel inside the fireline, and mopping up hot spots near to the fire’s edge.
The size of the fire was revised upward to 115 acres, according to ODF Saturday morning.
Today, approximately 50 firefighters will be working to mop up the wildfire. Four fire suppression crews, four engines and two water tenders have been assigned to the fire, according to ODF.
All available fire crews in Southern Oregon responded to the scene that afternoon. Friday, a strike team was activated and sent to the scene. Also, firefighters ordered an extra 100 people to work with the current crews that evening. At this time, there is no known cause to the fire. Experts believe it started along the freeway and was potentially sparked in multiple spots. There were no mandatory evacuations issued. One home as well as one outbuilding were damaged.
Interstate 5 Northbound lanes were restricted to one lane for a period of time Friday evening.
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