A 14-year-old girl lighting fireworks caused a 115-acre wildfire that consumed four outbuildings, multiple vehicles and a vacant house Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.
No one was injured in the fast-moving fire, which started at 7890 Atlantic Ave. at about 4 p.m. and spread to Bigham Brown Road within an hour. Early reports said it burned 100 acres, but a more accurate measurement put the fire at 115 acres this morning, said a release from the Oregon Department of Forestry and Jackson County Fire District 3.
Jackson County sheriff's deputies determined that the juvenile girl had been lighting legal fireworks leading up to the fire, according to sheriff's Sgt. Julie Denney.
County property records show that the land and manufactured home at 7890 Atlantic Ave. belongs to a Pamela Bradshaw. Denney said she did not know whether the girl was a resident of the property where the fire began.
The Jackson County District Attorney's Office will determine whether charges will be filed against the girl, according to fire officials. A message to District Attorney Beth Heckert was not immediately returned.
Crews from both agencies today will continue working on interior mop-up of the fire, which has been fully surrounded by a fire line, the release said.
The fire burned two recreational vehicles, one bus, six boats, four outbuildings and a vacant home, all of which have been deemed a total loss. Crews will continue working with resident to assess damage on their properties.
ODF Southwest and Fire District 3 engines and a helicopter battled the flames as wind fueled the fire. A Rogue Valley Structural Strike Team was activated, bringing additional assistance from Medford Fire-Rescue, Jackson County Fire District 5, Illinois Valley Fire District, Applegate Valley Fire District and Lake Creek Rural.
Highway 140 and Kershaw Road, along with private, residential roadways, were closed during the firefight. Assisting fire crews with closures and traffice were Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police and Eagle Point Police.
The fire's spread was stopped by 8:30 p.m., and roads were reopened. Firefighters worked overnight to complete the perimeter fire line and begin mop-up, the release said.
Fire danger level on ODF-protected lands in Jackson and Josephine counties remains at “high” (yellow), meaning power-driven tools are prohibited from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.