Firefighters expect to remain on the scene overnight of a fire that has consumed 12 structures, mostly homes, in the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Ashland.

8 p.m. update: Firefighters expect to remain on the scene overnight of a fire that has consumed 12 structures, mostly homes, in the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Ashland.

The fire is not yet under control, officials said tonight, and the neighborhood next to Interstate 5 in south Ashland has been evacuated.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross are stationed at the Ashland Grove community center, 1195 E. Main St., where a shelter may be set up for the night.

Many of the houses that burned are in the 800 block of Oak Knoll.

A fire on the west side of Interstate 5, near Washington Street, was controlled at 6 p.m.

It burned 6 acres of grass and blackberry bushes, as well as a large old barn and a small trailer, which is believed to have been abandoned, said Margueritte Hickman, public information officer with Ashland Fire & Rescue.

Firefighters are mopping up the area now, which is still smoldering. The nearby business park, which includes the Mt. Ashland Ski Park offices, was saved from the blaze.

— Hannah Guzik




6:30 p.m. update: Twelve structures in Ashland's Oak Knoll neighborhood, many of them homes, are burning this evening as fire officials race to evacuate parts of the neighborhood.

Homes on Cypress Point Loop, Pebble Beach, St. Andrew's Place and Oak Knoll Drive where it meets Twin Pine circle have been evacuated, officials said.

An emergency center for displaced residents may open later, fire officials said.

About 70 firefighters and 20 engines are at the blaze, which also is being fought by crews in two helicopters.

Another fire that started nearby but on the west side of the freeway is under control, officials said.

— Staff reports