Pair of grass fires Sunday afternoon as burn ban set to take effect

      ROSEBURG, Ore. - It's dry out there, as evidenced by two fires Sunday afternoon.

      And that means increased restrictions in an effort to prevent wildfires.

      The Douglas Forest Protective Association said all backyard burning - including campfires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal fires, debris burning, and the use of burn barrels - will be prohibited on the land they protect effective June 30 at 11:59 p.m.

      The association and local firefighters responded to two wildfires Sunday.

      A machine raking hay sparked a fire in a field in the 3000 block of Garden Valley Road around 1:30 p.m.

      Firefighters arrived on scene and stopped the fire at about 1/2 an acre.

      A fire in a debris pile got out of control west of Sutherlin on Cole Road around 3:30 p.m. The fire wound up burning about 2 acres before firefighters brought it under control.