Ashland fire contained at 100 acres

A 100-acre fire that exploded in high winds in Ashland this morning destroyed one home before 125 firefighters brought it under control at about 5 p.m.

Creating a towering plume of smoke over Ashland just after 10 a.m., the blaze climbed through the foothills south of Siskiyou Boulevard near Crowson Road and resulted in evacuation of residents of Upper Tolman Creek Road and its off-streets, including Timberlake Drive and Greenmeadows Way.

One home, set back 100 yards east of the intersection of Tolman and Morninglight, burned to the ground as flames licked up adjacent foothills and seven helicopters repeatedly dropped buckets of water around it — and on spot fires threatening several other homes on Tolman.

Fire District 5 Chief Dan Marshall said several homes were saved and the blaze, dubbed the Siskiyou Fire, was "laid down" at 5 p.m.

Bellview Elementary School, at Tolman and Siskiyou, about a mile from the fire, was evacuated and children were bused to Ashland Middle School for pickup. Bellview will be closed Tuesday.

Evacuations included Tolman between the 1300 and 3500 blocks; all of Morninglight Drive, Timberlake Drive and Timberlake Terrace; Bellview Avenue and all streets south, including Greenmeadows Way, Lupine Drive, Sam Evans Place, Ranch Road, Green Meadows Drive, Apple Way and Morada Lane.

— John Darling, for the Mail Tribune

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