Grass fire ignites near railroad tracks

A grass fire roared to life just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of West Clark and Cedar streets, prompting a three-engine response from Medford Fire-Rescue as smoke smothered the streets.

Battalion Chief Erin Sawall said the agency responded to the location, which is near the railroad, with two engines, a brush pumper and around 10 firefighters.

"The fire was under control within minutes of arrival," Sawall said.

After quickly knocking down the flames, crews remained on scene pouring water on the large scorch mark the fire left behind.

Fire officials said the incident initially came in as a structure fire, as the approximate 200-foot by 200-foot patch jutted up against a business called Orca Distributors. The building was not damaged and no one was hurt.

The cause remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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