Ashland Wildfire Blaze Contained By Scores Of Firefighters

ASHLAND, Ore. — A wildfire blaze that ignited on Dead Indian Memorial Road, northeast of Ashland, late on Thursday night has been successfully contained by teams of firefighters. The cause of the wildfire is currently being investigated.

No evacuations were ordered by the responsible agencies,  Jackson County Emergency Management and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. No homes were threatened by the fire.


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Initially reported near the 5400-block in Dead Indian Memorial Road at 10:15 p.m., it was later established that the fire was closer to the 4500-block.

Numerous fire engines from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Southwest Oregon District, as well as Jackson County Fire District #5 IAFF Local 2596 and Ashland Fire & Rescue were the initial responders. The further swift reaction resulted in additional resources brought to control the fire which included:

  • Three 20-person crews.
  • Three fire engines.
  • An additional 10-person crew.
  • A bulldozer.
  • A Josephine County wildland task force.


The challenging conditions faced by the firefighters included steep slopes, overnight winds, and exceptionally low relative humidity while fighting the blaze mapped at 43 acres. It has in the meantime been fully lined, stopping its spread.

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In the interim, the crew has grown to include:

  • Six 20-person crews.
  • Six fire engines.
  • Four water tenders.
  • Overhead personnel.
  • Two tree fallers.
  • Two bulldozers.


Focusing on securing and strengthening fire lines, firefighters are also mopping up and extinguishing hotspots that could reignite. Today’s prevailing conditions, with predicted temperatures of 104 degrees, pose a challenge that could see an increase in the fire’s behavior with single-digit relative humidity, and potential winds.

Because of the presence of the firefighting crews and equipment, Dead Indian Memorial Road remains closed near the fire. There have been attempts to open one lane with a lead pilot car with the aim of reopening the road fully by the end of the day if conditions allow. Today’s fire danger level remains high.


Information On Ashland Wildfires

Get more information from :

  1. Oregonians Home Protection From Wildfire With Or Without Defensible Spaces Program Aid
  2. Wildfire Aware, the official Medford Alert 2024 Wildfire Season Partner can be accessed by downloading the Wildfire Aware app.
  3. Active fires map and evacuation links here.
  4. Updates and evacuation information are available at
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