City Council to get briefing on Oak Knoll fire

    The Ashland City Council will hear a preliminary report on the Oak Knoll Fire during its regular meeting that starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

    The meeting will be in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

    The fire destroyed 11 homes in the Oak Knoll neighborhood on Aug. 24.

    During a Sept. 1 meeting at the Oak Knoll Golf Course for Oak Knoll neighbors, fire officials presented much of the information they will present to the City Council.

    However, the Tuesday council meeting is the first since the devastating fire, and will give elected officials and residents another opportunity to learn more about the fire.

    Fire officials, elected officials and others are also continuing efforts to find ways for Ashland to be more safe when it comes to fires.

    They are also analyzing problems that arose during the Oak Knoll fire, including issues with the performance of the city of Ashland's wildfire hotline.

    Information on the hotline can't be updated while anyone is calling the number — a problem that was identified back in September 2009 when the Siskiyou wildfire burned 190 acres and a home in the hills above Ashland.

    During the meeting, the City Council will handle a number of less significant items involving construction projects, budget adjustments and other subjects.

    For a complete list of agenda items, and for details on each item, visit

    Staff writer Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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