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Illegal debris burn sparks Douglas County wildfire near Rice Hill

Illegal debris dumping is to blame for a wildfire that sparked in Douglas County, about four miles south of Rice Hill. (DFPA photo)

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The recent rainfall has helped to take the edge off of fire dangers throughout Oregon, but fire danger is still very prevalent in the state.

Illegal debris burning is to blame for a wildfire that sparked in Douglas County, about four miles south of Rice Hill.

It happened near Hogan Road around 3:30 on Friday evening.

Fire crews attacked the blaze and were able to stop the fire at half an acre of grass. It took firefighters a little over an hour to mop up hot spots and secure control lines.

Fire officials urge the public to follow the restrictions still in effect, including backyard burns, which are prohibited.

If a restriction is broken, you can face a fine up to $35 and may be held liable for fire suppression costs if the illegal burn turns into a wildfire.

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