MERLIN, Ore. — Crews are responding to a fire near the Grants Pass Airport.
The Manager of the Josephine County Airports says a vehicle caught fire while driving on Brookside Blvd, pulled over to the side of the road and lit the underbrush at the southeast end of Grants Pass Airport. The manager says Rural Metro has been informed and the firefighters are already on site.
ODF is on scene and a water dropping helicopter is being utilized. Traffic is heavy in town and at the Merlin Exit. The fire is currently 10-15 acres in size. 60 firefighters are on scene. 3 helicopters and 1 air tanker are on the scene. 1 garage is reportedly burned and 3 homes had minor damage. 20 homes are currently threatened
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office listed the following road closures related to the fire:
Monument Drive is now open (as of 5:38 p.m.)
Merlin Rd. is closed between Monument Dr. and Jaime Ln.
Brookside Blvd. is closed between Monument Drive and Dellwood Dr.
Carton Way is closed between Rainbow Drive and Dellwood Dr.
There is currently no word on containment.