5-9-19: Tiller Trail Hwy Fire & Union Gap Fire Evening Update
Tiller - Trail Highway Fire:
Firefighters continue working on the Tiller - Trail Highway Fire, located approximately 7 miles southeast of Tiller, near the community of Drew. Three helicopters were used until nightfall to help slow the fires spread while a bull dozer and several hand crews worked to create fire lines around the fire. At last report, the fire was estimated to be 30 acres in size but fire intensity and rate of spread were starting to diminish with nightfall approaching. Firefighters will remain engaged on the fire overnight, working to stop the fire.
Currently, no homes are threatened by the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire and no injuries have been reported.
A preliminary fire investigation of the Tiller –Trail Highway Fire indicates that the fire may be related to an escaped burn.
On scene of the fire included resources from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the Umpqua National Forest, the Rogue River Hot Shots, Tiller Rural Fire Department, Milo Rural Fire Department, Days Creek Rural Fire Department, Canyonville – South Umpqua Rural Fire Department, Riddle Rural Fire Department, Tri-City Rural Fire Department, and Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department.
Union Gap Fire:
Crews working on the Union Gap Fire, located about 1 mile south of Oakland, utilized a bull dozer to stop the forward spread of the fire from going farther up the hill, which is now estimated to be approximately 15 acres in size. Engine crews are currently working to install hose lays and create a fire lines down each flank of the fire and will remain engaged on the fire overnight. Prior to nightfall, a helicopter was used to help slow the fires spread.
While fire activity is expected to diminish overnight, flames will be visible from the Union Gap Fire as crews continue working on the blaze.
A reverse 911 message was sent to nearby homeowners earlier this afternoon, making them aware that there was a fire in the area, however, no homes are currently threatened by the fire and no evacuations have been issued.
A preliminary fire investigation of the Union Gap Fire indicates that the fire may be related to an escaped burn.
On scene of the Union Gap Fire includes resources from the Douglas Forest Protective Associations, Oakland Rural Fire Department, Sutherlin Fire Department, Fair Oaks Rural Fire Department, and North Douglas County Fire & EMS.