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Two Douglas County grass fires 'human caused,' officials say

Noon-hour fires in Douglas County. (Photo courtesy Douglas Forest Protective Association)

DOUGLAS COUNTY -- At approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County Fire District #2, Sutherlin Fire Department and Oakland Rural Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire in the 1000 block of North Comstock Road, about 1 mile north of Sutherlin.

Crews arrived on scene and found a fast moving fire, burning in grass and brush. Firefighters were able to stop the spread at one-and-a-half acres. One home and several outbuildings were threatened, but no damage was reported. Bay Cities Ambulance also responded to the scene for a burn injury sustained by a local resident who tried to suppress the fire before fire crews arrived on scene.

At 12:55 p.m., a second natural cover fire was reported two miles southwest of Myrtle Creek, in the 900 block of Weaver Road. Firefighters from DFPA, Tri-City Rural Fire Department, Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department, Canyonville – South Umpqua Fire Department and Riddle Rural Fire Department responded to the scene and found a fast moving grass fire, burning between Weaver Road and Interstate 5.

Firefighters utilized a helicopter to slow the spread of the fire while ground resources secured fire lines around the blaze. Crews were able to stop the fire at three-and-a-half acres. One outbuilding was destroyed.

While the specific cause of both the North Comstock and Weaver Road fires remain under investigation, preliminary investigation indicates both were human caused and may be related to violations of DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions.

Residents are reminded that DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions remain in effect with a fire danger rating of "HIGH." A complete list of DFPA’s Public Use Restrictions can be found online at www.dfpa.net.


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