From I-5 to the countryside, firefighters had a busy Fourth of July in Douglas County
ROSEBURG, Ore. - Firefighters kept busy on the Fourth of July tracking down and stopping wildfires, including a pair of fires on the Tiller Trail Highway that investigators suspect are related, the Douglas Forest Protective Association said Wednesday.
Those fires were reported late Tuesday night.
The first was spotted at milepost 9 on the Tiller Trail Highway around 11:30 p.m.
Firefighters from DFPA and Days Creek Rural Fire Department arrived to find a small fire had been extinguished by a passerby.
A second fire near milepost 24 was reported a short time later. Firefighters from the Mile Rural Fire Department responded and put out the balze.
"While the cause of the Tiller Trail Highway Fires are currently under investigation, fire officials believe that both fires may be related," the association said in a statement. "Anyone with information regarding the cause of the Tiller Trail Highway Fires are asked to contact DFPA or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office."
Firefighters also dealt with a fire that spread from a trailer being towed near Sutherlin to grass along Interstate 5 around 2:30 p.m.
"Fire crews arrived on scene and found a toy hauler trailer completely involved in fire with a small grass fire starting in the adjacent wildland fuels," DFPA said in a statement. " Firefighters from DFPA worked on suppressing the grass fire while firefighters from Sutherlin, Oakland and Fair Oaks fire departments worked to extinguish the trailer. The wildland portion of the I-5 MP 135 fire was stopped at 1/10th of an acre."
Other Fourth of July fires in Douglas County included:
Oak Hill Road Fire: Firefighters from DFPA and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to a grass fire near the 2000 block of Oak Hill Road southwest of Sutherlin at 1:15 pm. Firefighters stopped the Oak Hill Road Fire at 1/10th of an acre. The cause of the fire is under investigation
Western Avenue Fire: DFPA and the Myrtle Creek Fire Department responded at 11:15 p.m. to a grass fire on Western Avenue in Myrtle Creek. Crews held the blaze to a fraction of an acre. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dole Overlook Fire: DFPA and Myrtle Creek Fire Department responded to a grass fire just outside of Myrtle Creek between Dole Road and the South Umpqua River at 1:15 a.m. "The Dole Overlook Fire was burning on a very steep hillside and burned about one acre of grass and brush before crews were able to stop the fire," DFPA said. "Firefighters remained on scene until about 3:00 am mopping up the fire and securing control lines." The cause of the fire is under investigation.