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Griffin Creek area grass fire 'definitely human caused'

A wildfire outside Medford city limits grew to several acres Friday afternoon but was knocked down within a matter of hours.

A cause of the fire is under investigation, but Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District spokesperson Brian Ballou said it was “definitely human caused.”

The fire threatened several homes in the 4400 block of Griffin Creek Road, but ultimately remained in a grassy area before crews from ODF, Medford Rural Fire Protection District, Jacksonville Fire Department and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 crews could get a handle on it, Ballou said.

The grass fire was first reported at 3:38 p.m. Friday and grew to roughly 4 acres, he said, but as of shortly after 5 p.m., Ballou said the wildfire was “pretty much a done deal.”

Officials ordered two dozers, but didn’t use either of them, according to Ballou. Three helicopters were ordered, and two were used, he said.

Ballou said there were “at least four” homes downwind of the fire. Although the fire burned through some fencing and farm yard, it largely stayed in “light fuel” areas such as grasses.

The wildfire in the 4400 block of Griffin Creek Road threatened four homes, but was knocked down in less than two hours. Mail Tribune / Nick Morgan