MEDFORD, Ore. — Officials say the fire broke out around 3 p.m. on Thursday and fire crews were called to the scene after receiving a tip.
Since the fire was so close to I-5, several agencies were also called to help. Thick smoke from the fire slowed traffic down on the highway.
Fire officials also said the fire posed some unique challenges while crews were trying to contain it.
“Well, there’s no fire hydrants along the freeway so water source is limited and we have to bring our water in for that. We’re always concerned about smoke banking down over the traffic, because people are going at quick speeds,” said Brian Fish, with Medford Fire Rescue.
Smoke from this fire could be seen for blocks and fire crews said that the dry conditions, tall grass, and wind all played a part in the quick moving fire.
Though the official cause of the fire has not been determined, fire officials did confirm that several suspicious transient camps were in the area at the time the fire