NEAR GLIDE, Ore. -- A debris burn turned into a 25 acre fire in Douglas County Saturday. Crews with the Douglas Forest Protective Association and Glide Rural Fire Department worked through the afternoon and into the night to contain it.
The Susan Creek Fire is burning about nine miles east of Glide. It's estimated to be 25 acres in size and is burning primarily in logging slash, brush, and young trees.
The DFPA said firefighters used two bull dozers to create fire lines around the fire, while ground resources installed hose lays around the fire to cool the perimeter. The Incident Commander anticipates that fire lines will be completed around the fire by the end of Saturday and reports that fire activity is diminishing as nightfall approaches.
Fire officials with DFPA said debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires this time of year. They're asking residents to use caution when burning yard debris by having a fire trail around the pile before ignition, having fire tools and water at the burn site, and by staying with the pile until it is completely extinguished.
If a debris pile escapes containment, they said the responsible party is liable for fire suppression costs and associated damages.