Crews Respond to Fire in Merlin

Merlin Fire 3MERLIN, 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.


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  1. Sean says:

    This picture is actually on Brookside Blvd on the Monument Drive end

    http://goo.gl/maps/0mtpK and full screen it.

    Mini storage noted. Truck came to a standstill at the Flaming Road intersection.

    Truck bed was fully involved and whatever was in it burnt, they foamed it and it still had fire coming from the filler neck. Eventually, the tank melted and dumped burning fuel on the tarmac. This was well after the fire had been spread to the south side of Brookside and into the dry grass and brush.

    1. Lori says:

      Is the animal shelter threatened?

      1. Sean says:

        No, animal shelter’s just fine. The wind blows to the east quite powerfully here in the summer, so Ray’s Market is in the path by about 1/2 Mile. Just had another bomber drop.

        1. jon says:

          Where is the fire at now?

      2. Sean says:

        Most of the fire activity started from the Flaming Road intersection and moved into the center of this map.


  2. Bill says:

    Is Galice Road still blocked off? There must be a traffic problem.

  3. jon says:

    Has the fire crossed Merlin Galice road yet?

    1. Meghan says:

      We just got word from a neighbor that it had, and was going down the tracks near Plumtree. Way too close to our house – running out to get sprinklers going :)

      1. Meghan says:

        No idea where our neighbor got the information that it had crossed the Merlin-Galice road, but we drove out to check about 10 minutes ago and there is no sign of fire near the tracks at Saratoga and Camp Joy, and also no sign of activity on the other side of Merlin-Galice road from where it started. If it did cross, it looks like it was extinguished immediately. Smoke at the heart of the fire is also much diminished from when we first saw it at 3:30 pm.

  4. April says:

    there was a 2nd fire down at metal shop (metal by sotar I think) in merlin about 5ish, they were sending crews there so merlin-galice was shut down for awhile too. Forest Dept chopper was up in air so fast and then saw tons of fire trucks, they were amazing!

  5. Phil Davies says:

    Just goes to show – if your car catches on fire, leave it in the road. This is at least 2 fires started because they didn’t want to inconvenience other drivers.

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