DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The following is a press release from the DFPA:
The DFPA responded to a natural cover fire Sunday evening 9 miles east of Glide. When firefighters arrived on scene of the fire near the new footbridge at Susan Creek, they found a 2 acre fire burning on the south side of the river near the North Umpqua hiking trail.
"This fire should serve as a reminder that the chances of a fire starting and spreading are still extreme" says DFPA's Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed. "Everyone needs to use caution when working or recreating in wildland areas."
Twelve firefighters and three engines battled the blaze overnight which is still under investigation. Thirteen firefighters and an engine will remain on scene today mopping up hot spots and securing fire trails. Anyone with information about the cause of the fire is asked to contact DFPA at (541) 672-6507.
Fire officials are also reminding the public that lower overnight temperatures and shorter days do not mean that the fire danger has dropped. Along with DFPA's Regulated Use Closure which remains in effect on the Douglas District, all backyard burning is still prohibited and campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. For a complete list of closures and designated campgrounds, visit www.dfpa.net.