Pisgah Fire grows to 50 acres

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 3:55 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 12:45 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A fire is burning at the Howard Buford Recreation Area on Mount Pisgah Thursday night. 

As of 4:30 p.m. the fire had burned more than 50 acres of grass, brush and timber. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Douglas Forest Protective Association are responding to the Pisgah Fire.

Photo by Juli Moore

There are three type-two helicopters, two single-engine air tankers, and one large air tanker on the fire. About 75 to 100 people are working the fire. 

Visitors evacuated the park using the main entrance near Seavey Loop on Thursday. County officials said trails on the east side of Mount Pisgah are most affected. They said the park will remain closed to all visitors throughout the weekend, and no one will be allowed to enter. 

Kevin Bourgault, who lives behind the mountain, said it's not surprising Mt. Pisgah went up in flames.

"This wasn't unanticipated," Bourgault said. "We were actually talking about this in the community here like when it was going to go up. "

The fire started on the southeast side of Mount Pisgah at about noon on Thursday.

At this time, no structures are threatened.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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