The fire scorched parts of the west and east flanks of Roxy Ann. - Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

Firefighters clean up Roxy Ann; residents assess damage

Firefighters from many agencies, some from other parts of the state, continued mop-up this afternoon at Medford's Deer Ridge fire.

The fire burned 633 acres of brush on Medford's Roxy Ann Peak before fire crews contained it Monday night. No homes were burned in the blaze, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Oregon Department of Forestry officials have said it likely is human caused.

Today, firefighters set up portable pools with pumps powering hoses, enabling them to douse stubborn smoky spots.

A command post was operating from Bethel Assembly of God on Vista Pointe Drive at McAndrews Road, and a staging area was busy on Foothill Road at Lone Pine Road.

Residents of areas threatened by fire Monday expressed awe at the fire's speed and gratitude for the crews who worked to halt the blaze.

“It was so quick. It got serious fast,” said Laura Jane Littrell, who lives on the edge of Roxy Ann.

“I stood on the back deck and watched in awe. It turned fast from being a spectator sport to being a survival, get-out situation.”

After taking a tour of a burned knoll near her home, Littrell said, “I was just amazed, the firepower they had to get the job done. If I would have lost my home, it wouldn't be because they didn't try.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency today authorized the use of federal funds for the fire and a 100-acre blaze near Ashland Monday.

The authorization makes FEMA money available to pay 75 percent of the state's eligible firefighting costs.

— John Darling, for the Mail Tribune

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