Power lines had to be de-energized before crews could put out Roseburg fire

(DFPA photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- At approximately 4:50 p.m., Monday, Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to a natural cover fire 7 miles northwest of Roseburg, in the 1000 block of Upper Cleveland Rapids Road.

Crews arrived on scene and discovered that a large oak tree had fallen through the power lines, which started the fire, officials said.

Due to the active power lines on the fire, ground resources were unable to engage the fire until the power company arrived on scene and de-energized the power lines.

In the meantime, DFPA’s helicopter was successfully used to keep the fire in check, officials said.

Once the power lines were de-energized, crews secured control lines and mopped up the fire.

The fire burned 1/10th acre of grass and brush.

Fire officials reminds that downed power lines are dangerous and should never be touched.

They say to follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid touching downed power lines with your body or other object, such as sticks, brooms or poles.
  • Avoid touching anything that is in contact with downed power lines, including cars, fences or other objects.
  • Keep everyone, including pets, away from downed power lines.
  • Avoid driving over a downed power line.
  • Call 911 immediately to report a downed power line.