A smoke was reported shortly after 6:00 a.m. today in the Kane Creek drainage, approximately 6 miles south of Gold Hill and 2 miles northeast of Timber Mtn. Three engines and a helicopter from ODF’s Medford Unit responded and had the fire wetlined within a couple of hours. Two ODF hand crews (10-person crews who dig fireline by hand with chains saws, pulaskis and shovels) were on-scene shortly thereafter, along with a water tender. The fire is believed to be a holdover lightning-caused fire from last week’s thunderstorms.
A 20-person crew and an engine from Jackson County Community Justice have been ordered to complete mop-up on the fire throughout the day.
[ Update 11:25 a.m. ] The Kane Creek Fire brings the total of lightning-caused fires from last week’s thunderstorms to 38.