Oak Knoll fire

This view of 897-805 Oak Knoll Drive, from left, was assembled from photos shot the afternoon of Aug. 17, 2011.

This view of 897-805 Oak Knoll Drive, from left, was assembled from photos shot the morning of Aug. 25, 2010. The plus signs link to supplemental information and photos.

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Oak Knoll fire: A fire that started in grass the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 quickly destroyed 11 homes and damaged several others in Ashland's Oak Knoll subdivision before it was controlled by firefighters that night. A homeless man was arrested and charged with crimes in connection with the damage.


Fire Response Timeline

  • 4:35 p.m. — Jackson County Fire District No. 5 receives call to put out a fire at 615 Washington St.
  • 4:36 p.m. — 9-1-1 call comes in for grass fire at 2380 Ashland St., structures threatened
  • 4:37 p.m. — Ashland police are dispatched
  • 4:38 p.m. — Oregon Department of Forestry engines arrive on scene at Washington Street
  • 4:39 p.m. — First Ashland fire engine rolls out
  • 4:40 p.m. — U.S. Forest Service Engine 12 on scene
  • 4:41 p.m. — Ashland Fire & Rescue Engine 8802 on scene, reporting ½ -acre fire on both sides of Washington Street
  • 4:43 p.m. — Ashland Fire Shift Capt. David Shepherd arrives at Washington and Jefferson streets
  • 4:45 p.m. — Fire District 5 engines arrive on Washington Street
  • 4:47 p.m. — Ashland Police Department reports fire jumped freeway
  • 4:48 p.m. — City employees begin evacuating homes
  • 4:52 p.m. — Fire District 5 engines are transferred to Oak Knoll
  • 4:53 p.m. — Units are dispatched to Oak Knoll, report of four structures on fire
  • 4:54 p.m. — Oak Knoll command is established, and fire is being managed as two fires
  • 4:56 p.m. — Structural Strike Team is requested
  • 4:56 p.m. — Fire District 5 engines arrive at Oak Knoll
  • 5:01 p.m. — Command reports seven structures involved, engines 8851 and 8301 on scene
  • 5:09 p.m. — Report comes in that 740 W. Pebble Beach’s yard on fire
  • 6 p.m. — Washington Street fire is contained
  • 8:30 p.m. — Oak Knoll fire is contained
— Source: Ashland Fire & Rescue

Fire Response Resources

  • Ashland Fire & Rescue staffing that day — 7
  • Agencies responding to the fire — 16
  • Fire engines — 38
  • Fire command vehicles — 21
  • Aircraft — 3 helicopters , 1 Air Tac Airplane
  • Firefighters and command staff — 135
  • Other responders: Ashland Community Emergency Response Team volunteers, Ashland police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Ashland Public Works
— Source: Ashland Fire & Rescue
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