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Smoke on Hoyt Lane is from smoldering soil

I’ve noticed plumes of smoke near Hoyt Lane and was alarmed that there might be a fire there. Do you know what’s going on?

— Tina S.

We checked with Medford Fire-Rescue and there is smoke billowing and sometimes a glow that is noticeable at night from a soil yard on Hoyt Lane near West Glenwood Road in south Medford, almost in Phoenix.

According to fire officials, the smoldering pile of soil material doesn’t pose any risk because the surrounding area has been blackened.

The smoke plume is noticeable on nearby Voorhies Road, and fire officials have received calls from residents worried about it.

The area was blackened by the Almeda fire, which burned from Ashland to the border with Medford.

The smoldering piles of debris will likely have to wait until the first significant rains before they’re completely out.

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