A report of smoke was called into our ODF Southwest Medford headquarters yesterday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. When our first dispatched engine arrived to the area, it was confirmed to be a wildfire.
The #AbbottPrairieFire was first estimated to be 5-10 acres, burning in a combination of light and heavy fuels roughly ten miles north of Lost Creek Lake. Seven engines, a water tender, and dozer from ODF, as well as a hand crew from the U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest battled the wind-driven fire. By 6:00 p.m., it was 100 percent lined at a final fire size of 12.5 acres. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The footprint of the fire will continue to be mopped up today and tomorrow. Smoke may be present during mop up operations.
As always, if you see smoke in your area, or suspect that someone may be illegally burning, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 or our Medford and Grants Pass unit offices at (541) 664-3328 and (541) 474-3152.