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Escaped Debris Burns Spark Three Fires

Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments responded to three fires Monday, all of which appear to be related to escaped debris burns.


Around 2:30 p.m., crews from DFPA and North Douglas County Fire & EMS responded to a reported grass fire about 2 miles northwest of Drain, near Hardscrabble Road. Crews arrived on scene and located the fire that was burning through a mowed field and being pushed by the wind. Firefighters stopped the spread of the Hardscrabble Road fire at about three quarters of an acre and remained on scene for about half an hour, mopping up the fire.


At approximately, 3:20 p.m., firefighters from DFPA and North Douglas County Fire & EMS responded to another grass fire located about 2 miles south of Rice Hill, near Fawn Ridge Drive. The Fawn Ridge Drive fire burned about a half-acre of grass and brush before crews stopped the fires spread. Firefighters remained on scene of the fire for about a half an hour, mopping up hot spots.


Crews from the DFPA and Douglas County Fire District #2 responded to a reported natural cover fire Monday evening about 6 miles west of Sutherlin near the 6,000 block of Oak Hill Road. Firefighters arrived on scene of the fire around 6:00 p.m. and located two fires burning through grass and brush at a slow rate of spread. Both fires were quickly extinguished at a combined total of a quarter acre. Firefighters remained on scene of the Oak Hill Road fire for about a half hour, mopping up hot spots.


With the official start to fire season on Tuesday, June 11th, residents are reminded that all backyard debris burning will be prohibited within the Douglas District and burn permits will not be issued. Starting Tuesday, individuals burning yard debris may be cited for the illegal debris burn and billed for fire suppression costs.


Firefighters also ask those who have burned debris piles this past winter or spring to check the burned area to ensure that the pile is completely out. If not property extinguished, burn piles can smolder for weeks or even months before popping back to life on a warm, windy day.

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