NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Southern Oregon fire crews say they had a close call on Tuesday when a house fire nearly sparked a wildfire near Murphy; those flames threatened to take the surrounding area with it.
A family escapes from their house as it burns down outside Grants Pass. Firefighters say it could have been much worse. Fire crews responded to the home on Triller Lane around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning and found the home fully engulfed in flames.
Crews attacked the fire quickly, and used a Forestry Department helicopter to drop water from above. The fire destroyed the house and a nearby out building, but crews stopped it from spreading to other structures. The people living inside say the fire began on the bedroom drapes and quickly spread to the rest of the house. Everyone inside was able to escape unharmed, but the house was a total loss.
Grants Pass fire crews say there was a high risk of a wildfire because the home was in a remote area with lots of trees and vegetation. Crews say their quick attack and the cooler morning weather stopped the flames from reaching all of that fire fuel. Firefighters say they will have crews on scene for the next couple of days to make sure any embers didn’t land among any of these trees, which could potentially start a wildfire.