Wildfire burns Ashland home

Firefighter Clayton Mattson sprays water on the remains of a home that burned in a wildfire south of Ashland Monday. The wind-driven fire forced evacuation of homes and closed roads.<BR><I>AP?photo</I>

MEDFORD - A 150-acre fire that burned a home in Ashland has been contained, and firefighters have completed a line around the 630-acre fire in Medford's east hills.

Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Brian Ballou said Tuesday morning that firefighters spent the night completing the line around the Deer Ridge fire.

"There's not much going on right now, at least nothing bad," Ballou told the Mail Tribune newspaper of Medford.

Wind-driven grass and brush fires threatened homes and prompted evacuations Monday in both southern Oregon cities. Besides the house, a handful of outbuildings burned in Ashland on Monday. No structures burned in the Deer Ridge fire.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to bring in extra firefighting teams to help local crews. Electricity to about 25,000 Pacific Power customers was disrupted for several hours in the Medford area but was restored by Monday night.

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