ODF Firefighters Tackle Wildfire on Willits Ridge

[ Update 2:54 p.m.: Engine crews have knocked down the fire. One helicopter has been released from the fire and one engine from the U.S. Forest Service has been added to the suppression force. Lots of mop-up to do. ]

Oregon Department of Forestry Medford Unit firefighters are converging on a small wildfire reported this afternoon on Willits Ridge, 5 miles west of Prospect. Two helicopters, a bulldozer and five engines have been dispatched. The spotter in the first helicopter on-scene estimates the fire is approximately 1/2 acre and is burning in brush and other ground-level vegetation. The fire is on flat ground and is next to a road.

The fire was reported just before 2:00 p.m. A 5-person crew from ODF’s Grants Pass Unit is also en route to the fire.

The legal description for the fire area is T 32S, R 2E, Sec 30.