Scotts Valley Road Fire
Firefighters form the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North Douglas County Fire & EMS responded to a natural cover fire Sunday afternoon located four miles east of Yoncalla, near the 1,000 block of Scotts Valley Road. Crews arrived on scene of the fire shortly after 2:45 PM and reported a grass fire burning in a cut hay field, moving at a moderate rate of spread. Firefighters utilized a pump and roll tactic to quickly and efficiently suppress the fire.
Pump and roll tactics are typically used during grass fires when the terrain allows the engine to be driven around the perimeter of the fire. When firefighters use pump and roll tactics, they drive into the already burned portion of the fire, also known as the black, at the heel of the fire. One to two firefighters will then walk alongside the engine with hoses, spraying water on the edge of the fire while the engine operator drives around the perimeter of the blaze.
Firefighters remained on scene of the Scotts Valley Road Fire until 4:00 PM, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines. The Scotts Valley Road Fire burned just over an acre of cut hay and damaged a hay bailer. A preliminary fire investigation indicated that the cause fire was related to a hay equipment that was working in the field.