UPDATE: Fire near Bear Creek Greenway and Jackson County Expo

Central Point, Ore. – Update 10:00 PM: The Penninger fire burned 97 acres and is at 100 percent containment. According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, approximately 60 to 70 firefighters were on scene to control the fire.

As far as damage, ODF said five out-buildings were deemed a total loss, one out-building and three residences was damaged. There have been no reports of injuries.

Crews plan to stay on scene throughout the night Tuesday into Wednesday morning to continue the mop up.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire investigators from Fire District 3 and detectives with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. They ask anyone with pictures or information as to how the fire could have been started to contact JCSO.

Update 7:40 PM : Jackson County Emergency Management says all evacuation notices have been lifted. Anyone impacted by the fire, or anyone who does not feel safe returning to the area, can visit a Red Cross shelter established at Crater High School on N 3rd Street.

Update 7:15 PM: The NB/SB I5 off-ramps at exit 33 in Central Point are open.

A fast-moving wildfire prompted evacuations in Central Point Tuesday afternoon. It started near the Jackson County Expo along the Bear Creek Greenway. Level 3, “Go”, evacuation notices have been lifted for areas within 2 miles of the Jackson County Expo. Oregon Department of Forestry, along with several other agencies, are assisting Fire District 3.

According to ODF, structures on Meadowbrook and Brookdale Drives were damaged. However, all of the fire impacting the structures is now knocked down. ODF says at least two detached garages are a total loss.

According to the agency, roads will be closed surrounding the fire’s perimeter for at least one more hour as Fire District 3 conducts structural assessments. Some of the roads impacted include; Hamrick Road, Beebe Road, Biddle Road, Table Rock Road, Vilas Road, and Gebhardt Road. Please avoid the area as fire crews work.

The fire is currently estimated at 50 acres in size. A command post has been setup at the Family Fun Center.

According to a Facebook update from the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in Central Point, they have evacuated all pets to the Phoenix Animal Hospital and ask that if your pet is hospitalized with them, to NOT go to the SOVSC location in Central Point.

A final update with more on the structural damages and acreage, will be released later Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. 

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