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I-5 grass fire near Oakland burns over 2 acres

(DFPA photo)

OAKLAND, Ore. -- Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, the Douglas County 911 Center received multiple calls of a grass fire burning along the side of Interstate 5 near milepost 139 north bound.

Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Oakland Rural Fire Department responded to the area and found a fast moving fire burning through grass and brush.

An aggressive initial attack from both agencies stopped the spread at about two and a half acres, officials said.

“The I-5 Milepost 139 Fire is a great example that shows how quickly the fire danger is increasing,” said DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. “Not only are we starting to see fires occur more frequently, but they are also burning hotter and faster than they did earlier in the summer.”

Firefighters worked on the fire until 9 p.m., mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

DFPA responded with five engines and the Oakland Rural Fire Department responded with an additional three.

The cause is currently under investigation.

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