2 grass fires break out on the Bear Creek Greenway

, Written by Kyle Aevermann, Jennifer Elliott, Posted: Sun, August 17 2014 at 11:13 PM, Updated: Mon, August 18 2014 at 3:53 PM

2 grass fires break out on the Bear Creek Greenway

Medford, Ore. --  2 fires broke out on the Bear Creek Greenway in Medford, Sunday evening just after 7 o'clock.

Both fires consumed about a quarter of an acre. One burned behind the Rogue Valley Mall, the other was behind Medford's railroad park.

To prevent future fires crews let one of those fires back burn.

"We went ahead and sent engines to both of them and got them  handled fairly quickly. We got one of our brush rigs, they're gonna investigate both fires tonight and then they're gonna come back out and check them again," said Captain Kevin Watt, of Medford Fire.

Crews from Medford fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and Jackson County Fire District 3 helped put the blazes out.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause.

The bike path is once again reopened.

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Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliott anchors the primetime newscast FOX26 First News at Ten on NBC5’s partner station, KMVU/FOX26. She also reports for NBC5 News.

Jennifer began her career at NBC5 News in 2011 as a production assistant. Raised in Southern Oregon, she studied voice and piano while attending South Medford High School.

After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she returned home and added organ playing to her music repertoire. In addition to her musical talents, Jennifer is an award winning artist.

She has also co-hosted Southern Oregon’s Got Talent, the area’s premiere talent show. Jennifer is married and the mother of two young sons who keep her busy and very happy.

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Kyle Aevermann reports weekdays and anchors NBC 5 News Weekends. He joined NBC 5 News in March 2012 as a morning producer and reporter. Prior to joining KOBI, Kyle interned at KISL-FM on Catalina Island, CA. He was also a regular contributor to CNN's citizen journalism program.

Originally from the Chicago-land area, Kyle moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009 to work in the social media industry. Kyle enjoys hiking, traveling, learning about cultures, and has a serious love for food.

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