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Dry and Windy Weather Sparks Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. – Warm, dry and windy weather Saturday and Sunday sparked wildfires across Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry battled larger-than-average wildfires for May over the weekend. Weather conditions were prime for wildfires to spark, with temperatures in the 80s, relative humidity down to 15 percent and wind gusts around 30 mph.

There were reports of trees blowing into power lines, which sparked a few of the fires. The cause of other fires are still under investigation, but may be sparked from backyard burns.

The largest fire is the 180-acre Shively Creek Fire in Douglas County, it’s burning in a logging slash and old growth timber. Two helicopters, eight fire engines, nine hand crews, two bulldozers and two water tenders are being used to fight the fire. Fire crews continue to contain the fire by building a fire trail and strengthening fire lines.

In Central Oregon, the 168-acre Burgess Road Fire threatened 25 structures over the weekend. Fire crews successfully kept the fire away from all of the buildings. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but crews plan on having the fire contained by late Monday.

In Western Oregon, the 22-acre Gooseneck Fire continues to burn in a logging slash on steep terrain. The 15-acre Milepost 160 Fire in Douglas County, which also burned in a logging slash, continued to be contained and mop-upped by fire crews Sunday.

There were three fires reported in the South Cascade District, including the 19-acre Jasper Lowell Fire, 14-acre Rasor Road Fire and 10-acre Tokatee Fire. All three fires were extinguished but continue to be monitored; their causes are under investigation.

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