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Sheriff's Office investigating 'intentional fires' set near Beagle on July 4th

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that someone may have thrown lit fireworks from a moving vehicle along Meadows Road.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 9:31 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2021 9:51 AM

BEAGLE, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of fires set along a rural road near the community of Beagle on Independence Day, according to the agency.

Deputies assisted firefighters that evening with five different fires spread along Meadows Road, which branches north from Sams Valley Highway between Table Rock Road and Antioch Road. JCSO said that at least two of the fires were caused by fireworks, likely thrown from a moving vehicle.

"Fortunately, all of the fires were extinguished quickly and caused no significant property damage," the agency said.

In the 16000-block of Meadows Road, deputies found a firework that had been lit, but did not entirely burn. JCSO said that the firework will be submitted for latent prints.

Jackson County Fire District 3 reported about the response to at least one of these fires on July 4, noting "quite a bit of smoke" visible from a fire in the 13000-block of Meadows Road. Firefighters and a helicopter crew from the Oregon Department of Forestry managed to knock down and line the fire with relative speed.

Anyone with information about the crime or suspicious activity along Meadows Road that evening should call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

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