Hills Creek Fire nearly contained, officials say

The Hills Creek Fire is under control, officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry say, and now the fire is 90% contained.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 4:29 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2019 11:23 AM

JASPER, Ore. -- The Hills Creek Fire is under control, officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry say, and now the fire is 90% contained.

Crews responded to the fire on Hills Creek Road southeast of Springfield around 4 p.m. on Sunday and worked through the night and most of the next day to bring down the flames.

Since then, the fire has burned 13.1 acres of land, but it has not touched any homes.

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The new containment level is up from 60% reported Monday night.

Crews will stay engaged on the fire, focusing on getting rid of hot spots as they continue to mop up the fire.

Tiffanie Blake, a neighbor in the area, said on Monday she’s glad the fire has been mostly contained, but that doesn’t stop her from fearing the worst.

"Hearing that the winds were going away was a little bit of relief,” said Blake. "But knowing how fast a fire can spread and how the winds can change, you're always at unease and wondering where it's going to go and what's going to happen."

ODF also said they still don’t know what caused the fire, but investigators are on scene trying to find out.

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