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Spring Brook Road Fire

A fire that started in a travel trailer spread to the surrounding vegetation, two miles northeast of Myrtle Creek, Sunday evening. Crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Myrtle Creek Rural Fire Department, Tri-City Rural Fire Departments, and Riddle Rural Fire Department responded to the fire, located near the 1,200 block of Spring Brook Road around 6:20 PM. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that the fire had spread from the travel trailer to two passenger vehicles and an outbuilding and was slowly moving up the hillside.

Firefighters quickly contained the wildland portion of the fire in large part due to fuel reduction work that had been completed on the property in years past through the Firewise USA program. This particular fuels reduction treatment focused on removing ladder fuels, which consists of brush and young trees that are mixed in and around the dominate trees. By reducing the ladder fuels, in addition to pruning the dominate trees that are left on the landscape, a fire is more likely to stay on the ground and burn less intensely, which is exactly what was observed on the Spring Brook Road Fire.

The Spring Brook Road Fire burned 1/10th of an acre of wildland fuels. Two passenger vehicles and an out building were fully consumed by the fire. The Travel Trailer also received extensive damage from the fire. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene of the Spring Brook Road Fire until 9:00 PM, mopping up hot spots and securing control lines.

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