CENTRAL POINT, Ore-- For the last several hours, fire crews from Fire District 3 and Medford Fire and Rescue have been battling the flames of a fire that is burning in the Bear Creek Greenway near Dean Creek Road.
NewsWatch 12 has learned from Fire District 3's Deputy Chief, Mike Hussey, that the fire started burning around six in the afternoon on Wednesday and has burned roughly about three acres.
He says that crews discovered about a quarter acre fire deep into some blackberry bushes, but because of windy conditions and tough terrain in the area, fire crews had a difficult time getting ahead of the blaze.
An ODF type two helicopter was also called in earlier this afternoon to help do bucket drops on the flames.
Hussey also told NewsWatch 12 that fire crews have completed a dozer-line around the fire and will be keeping at least 20 firefighters overnight in the area to monitor the flames.
"We'll maintain a contingent of about 20 overnight, and then we'll re-engage with a heavier for force first thing in the morning," said Deputy Chief Hussey. "This area has a lot of snags and it's really hazardous at night. So we're going to stay out of the deep burn area, but we will maintain the perimeter and a mop up as far as we can."
Hussey also stated that there was a lightning strike in the area, however fire crews have not confirmed if that lightning strike is what caused the fire.
With even hotter and dryer conditions expected this coming weekend, Hussey says that fire crews will be keeping an eye on the area, even once mopped up, for any potential flare ups.
"This fire shows the potential we currently have within the valley," said Hussey. " We recognize that we only have a small window before the heat sits in. So we are going to committed a lot of resources here and get this mopped up."
No evacuations have been ordered at this time.
This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as soon as we get more information.