EUGENE, Ore. — Just a day after a massive fire at a Springfield mill, fire crews were once again put to the test Friday as a fire ignited near Mt. Pisgah.
Lane County Parks is investigating the cause of the fire.
It broke out Friday afternoon in the northwest portion of Buford Park.
Crews worked quickly to contain the fire, which has now left a blackened portion of the mountain and the park closed.
Lane County Parks says the fire broke out around 12:20 p.m.
The Oregon Department of Forestry responded, sending a helicopter to take care of hot spots.
This was mostly a ground fire.
The entire park was evacuated and closed for about a hour-and-a-half..
The north section remains closed.
The parks department says it is still investigating the cause and can’t confirm it was debris from the mill fire Thursday.
“We don’t if it’s linked to the mill fire. At this point we’ll get a report from the Oregon Department of Forestry just kind of their preliminary evaluation on that,” said Mike Russell, Lane County Parks manager.
Russell says there was a contracting company doing some mowing for a controlled burn in August. One of the employees we spoke to says a mower hit a rock and ignited a fire.
There was also a wedding party that had to evacuate, but they’ve since then been let back into the arboretum where the party is being held.