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Since You Asked: Most recent fires caused by debris burns

Since you asked

Do they know how all those fires from last week started yet?

— Brian

Eight of the nine fires reported Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29, were caused by escaped debris burns, according to Natalie Weber, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Division.

The cause of the other fire, dubbed the Highway 62 Mile Marker 42 fire, started because of a “recreational” cause, but additional information was not immediately available.

“It’s been determined that it was a recreational-related fire,” Weber said. “We may still be conducting interviews and figuring out exactly who was in that area and what was happening.”

ODF crews, who protect 1.8 million acres of public and private land in Jackson and Josephine counties, kept busy both days hopping from blaze to blaze, six on Wednesday and three more on Thursday.

On Wednesday, April 28, crews responded to fires in Josephine County on Scott Drive and Fish Hatchery Road, with additional incidents northeast of Prospect, and on Cady Road, Crowfoot Road and Red Blanket Road — also near Prospect — in Jackson County.

The Cady Road fire grew to two acres, but none of the others exceeded 1/4 acre in size.

The following day, crews responded to Jackson County fires near the Greensprings Summit and off Highway 62 outside Prospect — the latter of the two was the fire started by a “recreational” cause. A third fire ignited off Brimstone Road in Josephine County.

The Highway 62 fire grew to more than six acres, while the Brimstone Road fire grew to 1 1/2 acres and the blaze near the Greensprings Summit grew to a half acre.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.