NEAR MEDFORD, Ore. — The cold nights are apparently kick-starting transient warming fires in Southern Oregon. At about 3:15 Saturday morning three Jackson County Sheriff’s patrol cars were sent to reports of a structure fire on Dark Hollow Road. There were multiple transients inside trying to stay warm in the vacant garage. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say they were arrested for trespassing. On November 28th, deputies found evidence of another warming fire in the same location, causing substantial damage to the vacant home’s first floor. Deputies say transient activity has been heavy there since July.
On Saturday afternoon, Meford Fire crews contained a mattress fire in a detached garage of a vacant home on Dakota Avenue. Investigators say it did not appear to be a part of the string of vacant arson fires happening in Medford. Medford Fire crews say it could have been a warming fire started by a transient, but the cause of that fire is still under investigation.