Mt. Reuben Fire
Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Glendale Rural Fire Department, and Azalea Rural Fire Department responded to a natural cover fire Tuesday afternoon, located approximately 2 miles northwest of Glendale near Mt. Reuben Road. Upon arrival to the incident around 3:45 PM, firefighters reported that the fire was three quarters of an acre in size, burning in grass and brush. Within about a half hour of their arrival, firefighters had stopped the forward spread of the Mt. Reuben Fire at one acre. No structures were threatened by the fire. Crews remained on scene for about two hours to secure the perimeter of the fire.
A preliminary fire investigation indicated that the Mt. Reuben Fire was a result of an escaped debris burn. Despite fire restrictions not being in effect at this time, residents are reminded to use caution when burning yard debris due to unseasonably dry vegetation. Those who choose to burn yard debris should create a fire trail around the pile before ignition begins, have fire tools and water on site, stay with the burn while it takes place, and fully extinguish the debris pile before leaving the area. Residents who have burned earlier this spring are also encouraged to check their preciously burned piles to ensure they are fully extinguished.