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EAGLE POINT, Ore. — A sudden rash of fires on Monday afternoon had fire crews racing to contain multiple incidents, Jackson County Fire District 3 (FD3) confirms.
Perhaps the most significant fire occurred at a duplex in the 400-block of Merlee Circle in Eagle Point. When crews arrived on the scene, they found flames and smoke pouring from a garage, which took them about 13 minutes to knock down.
"The fire was contained to the garage itself, however, there was extensive smoke damage in the primary unit. All occupants of the home were able to evacuate safely," FD3 said.
The east side of Merlee Circle was closed as emergency vehicle traffic moved in and out of the area. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, a grass fire broke out in 3700-block of Dodge Road between White City and Beagle, with the flames growing to cover about 1.5 acres of green grass. Fire District 4 and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded, containing the grass fire.
"Please be mindful that today is a burn day, however, if you feel uncomfortable or conditions develop that could cause the spread of fire, please STOP and extinguish the fire immediately," FD3 said.
Another fire, this one along I-5 just north of Phoenix, caused emergency crews to temporarily shut down the northbound slow lane while firefighters attacked the small grass fire. The closure caused traffic backups until fire crews finished containing the fire.
Additional calls to emergency services throughout Monday afternoon suggest that there may have been more small grass fires in the area, including a quarter-acre grass fire reported near Gold Hill and a controlled burn that someone reported south of Ashland near Hwy 99. Fire crews arrived to find that the burn was under control.