Oregon's 600 Acre Deer Ridge Fire Declared Contained

MEDFORD, Ga., Sept. 22 (UPI) — Firefighters doused hot spots Tuesday after a blaze charred 600 acres of grassland near Medford, Ore.

The Deer Ridge fire was declared contained late Monday, the Medford Mail Tribune reported. The fire was reported on Roxy Ann Peak about 2:30 p.m. Monday and spread quickly at first, driven by gusty winds.

About 100 families were evacuated for several hours. They were allowed to return around 9 p.m. and no damage to houses or injuries were reported.

Many of the firefighters came to Medford from a smaller brush fire near Ashland. That fire, which officials say was probably caused by human activity, spread to more than 100 acres.

“Ironically, having a four-alarm fire in Ashland helped us enormously,” Medford Fire Chief David Bierwiler said.

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