Busy week for Douglas County firefighters

Officials said they have responded to six fires in the area since Sunday, including two fires along I-5 and the Days Creek Road Fire.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 6:42 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- It’s been a busy week for firefighters in Douglas County as they’ve put out a number of fires in the southern part of the county.

Officials said they have responded to six fires in the area since Sunday, including two fires along Interstate 5 near milepost 92 and the Days Creek Road Fire.

They said they are still mopping up the Days Creek Road Fire, which started on Monday and burned 25 acres.

Also, officials said they are currently working to put out a grass fire near Dillard that started Thursday afternoon. They said that fire has already grown 10 acres in size.

“We want to take care of these fires as quickly as possible,” said fire prevention specialist Kyle Reed. “Get them off the landscape before they become a problem.”

Even though the fires have burned within miles of one another, Reed said they are not related.

However, he said the close proximity of the fires have worked out in their advantage.

“With the extra resources we had from the fires previously, we were able to pull those from the initial attack and have an extra surge of resources,” said Reed.

Reed said most of the fires are still under investigation, but he said they know they did not happen naturally.

“One thing we do know is that there hasn’t been any lightning,” said Reed. “They are all human-caused fires.”

Many south county residents told KEZI 9 News that fire season is something they anticipate every year. However, they said the fires still make them nervous.

“You never know what it’s going to do,” said Robert Cunliff. “Is the wind going to change and go towards this town or that town?”

The Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased fire danger to high in response to the fires and the warmer weather. For more information about new restrictions that will be in place starting Friday, click here.

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