Crews contain Rogue River wildfire
Blaze started Thursday, reached 400 acres in a day and closed Interstate 5
Friday, August 19, 2011
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Officials say firefighters have contained a wildfire that had threatened about 25 homes in Southern Oregon near the city of Rogue River.
Jackson County Fire District-spokesman Don Hickman said Friday night that no homes are threatened and the fire is 100 percent contained. He says crews are working overnight to mop up the fire and reinforce the perimeter lines.
Hickman says investigators believe the fire was likely caused by a vehicle. He says it may have been a vehicle dragging something that created sparks or had a mechanical failure such as a faulty catalytic converter or exhaust system.
The fire has burned about 565 acres east of Rogue River and destroyed three outbuildings. The town of 2,130 people is located 20 miles north of Medford.
Hickman says one firefighter was transported to a local hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion.
Gov. John Kitzhaber invoked the state’s Emergency Conflagration Act on Thursday evening, ordering police and fire officials to send resources from around the state to fight the North River Road Fire.