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Fire Breaks Out at Mt. Pisgah

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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.

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  1. Shawna says:

    Hi,

    I am getting married at Mt. Pisgah on July 25th and have heard the report of a fire on Mt. Pisgah. Could you give me a little more info of the location? Is this anywhere near the Arboretum that they rent out for wedding ceromonys? Hoping everone is alright and the fire is put out soon. I appreciate any more information you can give me. Thank you.

    Shawna

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      The fire is in the northwest quadrant of the park.

  2. Gail C says:

    Was it caused by ashes carried and dropped by the mill fire?

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      The cause has not been released yet.

  3. Gina says:

    I just left mt Pisgah and the fire is contained to the north end of the park away from the arboretum. In fact, a wedding is currently being set up. Fire crews responded quickly and appears to be only a small fire

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