5:10 p.m. update: New evacuation areas: Alpine Road, parts of north Foothill Road north of Dry Creek, Satellite Drive and Devonshire Place. Residents of Cloudcrest Drive and Eagle Trace Drive have been told to prepare to evacuate.

5:10 p.m. update: New evacuation areas: Alpine Road, parts of north Foothill Road north of Dry Creek, Satellite Drive and Devonshire Place. Residents of Cloudcrest Drive and Eagle Trace Drive have been told to prepare to evacuate.

4:55 p.m. update: Homes in the east Medford foothills have been evacuated and more evacuation orders are expected as a growing wildfire spreads on the flanks of Roxy Ann.

Manzanita Heights and Pine Top drives have been evacuated, as have North Roxy Drive and Dry Creek Road.

The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center reported at about 4:30 p.m. that orders were coming in by the minute, but details weren't available yet.

Additional information on evacuations and shelters for both the Medford and Ashland fires is available at 776-7338.

A shelter for large animals has been set up at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Central Point.

Power was restored to all 25,000 customers who lost electrical service when the fire shut down a major transmission line into the valley.

As the fire raced by the Lone Pine substation, utility crews were able to evaluate the equipment and bring in back online.

Power was rerouted to substations serving Shady Cove and Eagle Point to ensure customers there continued to get electricity even as the flames raced north.

— Anita Burke

4:25 p.m. update: Homes on two rural roads — Manzanita Heights and Pine Top drives — in the east Medford foothills have been evacuated, and more evacuation orders are expected as a growing wildfire spreads on the flanks of Roxy Ann Peak.

The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center reported that orders were coming in by the minute, but details weren't available yet.

Additional information on evacuations and shelters for both the Medford and Ashland fires is available at 776-7338.

Mike Jantzer, who lives on Panorama Drive east of Foothill Road, said he remembers a fire that threatened his house in the mid-1990s, but it was contained to 2 acres.

“But this is the only time I've seen it like this,” Jantzer said. “It's really going up Little Roxy Ann right now, toward a gated community. Unless the wind shifts, we'll be OK.”

The flames raced to the east of their home in a brush-filled area.

Jantzer and his wife Gayle were given notice of temporary evacuation before there power was knocked out about 4 p.m. Prior to that Gayle Jantzer began collecting a few essential belonging if they had to leave.

“I packed a few things, my camera and my golf clubs,” she said. “We have a fire-proof safe, so our legal papers should be OK.

- Staff reports