Multiple small fires along Highway 66, fire officials say

Crews are responding to several small fires near Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 3:14 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 4:53 PM


UPDATE: Crews found two additional fires — on top of the four previously contained, according to ODF. These two fires are estimated at only 1/100th of an acre.

Meanwhile, ODOT has reopened Highway 66 to both lanes of traffic with no restrictions. Fire crews remain in the area for mop-up, so ODF has asked that drivers be cautious.

(Updated 9/9/19 at 4:50 p.m.)

UPDATE: Firefighters have attacked and contained four small fires along Highway 66, according to ODF. The spots range in size from one-tenth of an acre to a full acre in size, but fire crews are now in the mop-up phase on each fire.

The aircraft brought in to fight these fires have been released, ODF said, and the Sheriff's Office never put any evacuation warnings in place.

Highway 66 remains under traffic control restrictions from ODOT while fire crews finish up their operations. ODF asks that travelers please continue to avoid the area.

The cause of the fires remains under investigation.

(Updated 9/9/19 at 4:25 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: Fire crews are responding to "multiple small fires" that are actively burning southeast of Ashland, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

ODF said that the fires are along Highway 66 near Dead Indian Memorial Road. Multiple fire agencies are responding to the scene, along with engines and air support.

"More information will be posted as it becomes available," ODF said. "Please avoid the area if at all possible."

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) warned drivers on Highway 66 to expect delays near milepost 4. The agency said it had reduced traffic to a single lane led by a pilot car while fire crews worked to contain the nearby brush fires.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with more details as they emerge.

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