Onion Mountain Fire Breaches Containment

UPDATE (6:00): U.S. Forest Service officials confirm the fire has broken through containment lines and expanded to 50 acres. Ten additional 20-person crews have been called in, making total of 13 ground crews. Officials also confirm a DC-10 tanker, also called a VLAT or Very Large Air Tanker, is aiding in the firefight. No structures … Continue reading »

Garage Fire Briefly Spreads to Wildland

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Firefighters responded to a garage fire late Friday night, which also burned one-tenth of an acre. Grants Pass Fire Rescue and police units responded to a garage on fire just before 10 o’clock on North East 12th Street. A detached garage was fully involved in the fire and a vehicle was … Continue reading »

No Injuries Reported in Grants Pass Fire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A fire caused serious property damage but no injuries early Sunday morning. At approximately 1:32 A.M., the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety received emergency calls of a person screaming her house was on fire in the area of NW A Street and NW Kinney. Upon arrival, fire crews found a … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Weekend Fire Declared Arson

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A fire that destroyed much of a Grants Pass home over the weekend is now being investigated as arson. Firefighters say the flames were sparked early Saturday morning. Crews from Rural-Metro Fire Department responded to the fire on Hamilton Lane at about 3 a.m. Saturday, after a neighbor called 9-1-1. After … Continue reading »

Man Who Escaped Fire Recounts Story

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s been less than a week since smoke filled the sky above I-5 in Grants Pass during the beacon drive incident. One man recounts his escape from the flames. Wednesday was a more normal day for Home and Business Concierge Watch Officer Jim Cadenhead, the same can’t be said for last … Continue reading »

Crews Continue to Mop Up Fire Remains

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Fire officials are calling the Beacon Hill fire a fitting end to the most active May in at least a decade. Crews continue to mop up the remnants of the fire that consumed roughly 115-acres of the Beacon Hill area of Grants Pass. Officials say the fire was likely caused by a … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Are Asking For Public’s Help

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry or ODF is looking for information about a vehicle that likely caused the Beacon Hill Fire. The fire burned grass and brush east of Grants Pass Friday afternoon. Officials say it all started between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. in the area of Milepost 55 of the … Continue reading »

Crews Fight Beacon Hill Fire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Fire rips through Grants Pass hillsides. Oregon Department of Forestry officials report the fire is currently at 115 acres. Crews worked overnight Friday toward containment. Officials say the fire was unseasonably severe, both in speed and strength. “Compared to last year the initial growth of the fire, they didn’t even see … Continue reading »

Beacon Hill Fire Largely Contained

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Jackson and Josephine fire crews are continuing to mop up the Beacon Hill Fire along Interstate 5 near Grants Pass. The fire was between mile markers 55 and 58. Oregon Department of Forestry or ODF reports firefighters worked overnight on the fire east of Grants Pass and extinguished a handful of … Continue reading »

Pet Rabbit Perishes In House Fire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A house fire in Grants Pass on Monday afternoon causes tens of thousands of dollars in damage. The only person inside was in the back bedroom when he smelled smoke just before 6:00 p.m. on Monday. Grants Pass Fire crews arrived to the house on South West Mary Street in minutes … Continue reading »

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