MEDFORD, Ore. — Several engines and fire crews headed out to a grass fire along Highway 99 in Medford, which could have quickly spread to a number of businesses.
The grass fire sparked Wednesday, behind the Grange Co-Op’s Pet Country store. Fire fighters headed out shortly before 4:30 p.m. They quickly got a handle on the fire before it spread to nearby structures, but not before causing some delays with traffic.
Due to the fire’s potential to spread, Medford Police officers cleared out a nearby transient camp, on the opposite side of Sierra Pine. Police say, the camp is on county property, and has been a recurring problem. There was no evidence of cook stoves, or fires in the camp.
The body of a transient man was found at a separate camp Wednesday. It’s the same area as Wednesday’s grass fire. Detectives say there’s nothing to indicate foul play. An autopsy said he died of natural causes. The autopsy also said the man had pneumonia and he was dehydrated.