Update: Bear Creek Greenway Fire Started At Transient Camp

Just minutes after smoke began rising between I-5 and Biddle Rd, sheets of flame became visible as the fire spread south along the Greenway.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 4:55 PM
Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 2:05 PM

UPDATE: Medford Fire confirms that the Bear Creek Greenway fire that grew to 10 acres on Monday afternoon was started by a cooking fire at a transient camp that was left unattended.

(07/13/2018 5:35PM)

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews are mopping up and monitoring the remnants of a fire that briefly tore through the Bear Creek Greenway in Medford.

Smoke from the fire became visible rising over businesses along Biddle Road before 1 p.m. on Monday. Soon fire crews arrived on the scene from multiple angles.

Chief Brian Fish said that crews positioned themselves along I-5, on the Bear Creek bike-path, and in the back lots of Biddle Road businesses in order to attack the fire. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to get the grass fire under relative control.

The cause and extent of the fire are still under assessment by fire investigators, but Chief Fish said that they estimated it covered about 10 acres—although it is difficult to estimate due to the narrow stretch of land that the fire burned along.

The Chief did not believe that the fire caused any damage to businesses, although the flames loomed and crackled ominously over the rear fences of many buildings along the Bear Creek corridor.

Fire crews are continuing to monitor the area, in case remaining hot spots become stoked by the wind.

[Video courtesy of Joanna Sexton]

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