Updated 5:25 p.m. Officials are evacuating the Oak Knoll neighborhood in Ashland as multiple homes burn and requesting people stay away from the area as fires burn on both sides of the freeway.

Updated 5:25 p.m. Officials are evacuating the Oak Knoll neighborhood in Ashland as multiple homes burn and requesting people stay away from the area as fires burn on both sides of the freeway.

Ashland Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman said officials are evacuating Oak Knoll, Twin Pines Circle and Cypress Loop.

Multiple fire engines were responding to fires in the Oak Knoll neighborhood on the east side of Interstate 5 and on Washington Street on the west side. A helicopter was also dropping buckets of water on the fires.

At least one barn and a trailer burned on Washington Street, witnesses said. They did not think anyone was living in the trailer.

Witnesses also said the area on Washington Street was known to be a place where transients often camped.

Hickman did not know whether the fires were separate incidents or whether the fire jumped the freeway from Washington Street to Oak Knoll.




5:08 p.m. update

A grass fire that apparently started in a gully in the 600 block of Washington Street in south Ashland apparently has jumped the street and ignited a large barn on fire.

Firefighters were on scene battling the blaze, which is in a field behind the Arco AM/PM gas station and close to the administrative offices of the Mount Ashland ski area.

There are also unconfirmed reports of at least one structure on fire in the 800 block of Oak Knoll Drive.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

— Hannah Guzik