Milepost 92 Fire
Firefighters from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Azalea Rural Fire Department and Canyonville – South Umpqua Rural Fire Department responded to a report of several small fires burning alongside Interstate 5 near milepost 92 northbound, Tuesday afternoon. Crews arrived on scene of the incident shortly after 1:30 PM and discovered that the fires were all located within a close proximity to one another and had already merged into one fire that was estimated to be one acre in size. Due to the steep slopes and heavy fuel loading in the area, additional aviation and ground resources were requested. A 20 person hand crew and a water tender were pulled from the Days Creek Road Fire and diverted to the Milepost 92 Fire. Additional firefighting resources were also requested from the Glendale Rural Fire Department, Riddle Rural Fire Department, Tri-City Rural Fire Department, and the Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department. Personnel from the Umpqua National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management also assisted with the fire.
Four Type 2 helicopters were used to slow the fire’s spread up the hillside while ground resources worked their way around the perimeter of the fire, digging fire line and installing hose lays. The Oregon Department of Transportation closed one lane of northbound traffic near the fire for several hours as firefighters worked to contain the blaze. The Milepost 92 Fire burned a total of four and a half acres of wildland fuels before the fires spread was stopped. Crews will remain on scene of the Milepost 92 Fire overnight, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.
A preliminary fire investigation indicated that the cause of the Milepost 92 fire was vehicle related.