ASHLAND, Ore. – Jackson County Fire District 5 and Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a grass fire in rural Northeast Ashland at about 2 this afternoon.
With help from an afternoon wind, what started as a small, one acre fire, quickly overtook an entire field. Eventually, Oregon Department of Forestry also responded to the fire and the three agencies were able to contain the fire quickly, but not before it overtook over 13 acres of grassland.
Fire officials say that a grass fire that escalated so fast, this early in the year, could be an indication of a severe wildfire season to come.
“Another week or two and we’ll definitely be evaluating the fire season start and stopping outdoor burning and start adding restrictions on that. I’m sure we’ll be having those conversations on that in the next week or a week and a half,” said Chief Darin Welburn with Jackson County Fire District 5.
Due to this year’s drought declaration in Jackson County, fire officials have been preparing for wildfire season two to four weeks earlier than usual.
Fire officials still do not know the cause of this fire, and no one was injured.