ODF smothers afternoon grass fire alongside I-5 in Central Point

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. —A grass fire along I-5 in Jackson County, sends firefighters scrambling. It happened just north of Central Point, early Tuesday afternoon, causing traffic to back up on the interstate.

It happened just before noon Tuesday, near milepost 37. ODF says the biggest challenge was how close it was, to the interstate.

Jackson County Fire District 3 and ODF responded with numerous resources, from engines to crews, even ODF’s helicopter. Despite its challenging location, ODF says crews were able to make quick work of the fire.

The agencies were able to stop it at an estimated 3/4 of an acre. ODF says this is a good example of why Jackson and Josephine counties went into high fire danger, just Monday.

“Things are dry they are ready to burn and they are ready to take off so just keeping that in mind we’re ready for an uptick in the responses were are going to have to have, its getting to that point in the summer where we start seeing more regular fires because things are drying out,” said Natalie Weber with ODF.

ODF says the fire is 100% lined and 70% mopped up. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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