ASHLAND, Ore. -- Two hours after a brush fire began spreading east of Ashland, the Oregon Department of Forestry says that fire crews were able to halt its progress.
The fire — dubbed the Memorial Fire due to its proximity to Dead Indian Memorial Road — started about 10 miles east of Ashland on the north side of the roadway. It was first reported at roughly 3 p.m. on Sunday.
ODF responded with five engines, a dozer and three helicopters, with three 10-person crews working to line the area and mop up the perimeter. The agency was assisted by the federal Bureau of Land Management and Jackson County Fire District 5.
An air tanker made a single retardant drop on the fire, before ODF said that power lines in the area made further drops "inadvisable."
The fire burned through 61 acres of grass and oak woodlands before crews contained its spread, largely on private grazing land. No structures were damaged, though one residence was threatened.
ODF said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire danger level in Jackson County was raised to "High" on July 17.