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Siskiyou / Deer Ridge Fire Update
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

As of 4:30 pm Tuesday, 9/22, the county Emergency Operations Center was demobilized, with 85% containment of the Siskiyou fire, and 45% containment of the Deer Ridge fire.  Both fires broke out Monday.

The Siskiyou Fire burned 145 acres of grass, brush and forest in the south end of Ashland, and the Deer Ridge Fire burned 630 acres east of Medford.

One home and three outbuildings were burned in the Siskiyou Fire, and none in the Deer Ridge Fire. Five hundred homes, businesses and other structures were threatened by the blazes.


More than 475 firefighters were assigned to the fires. The cost, so far, of suppressing the fires is approximately $820,000.


The cause of the fires remains under investigation.  Anyone having information about the cause of the fires is encouraged to contact local fire authorities.




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